Moving Forward with Pedestrian Safety Changes in Kensington and Windsor Terrace

Moving Forward with Pedestrian Safety Changes in Kensington and Windsor Terrace

We've been hard at work improving pedestrian safety in Kensington and Windsor Terrace. Here are some of the most significant improvements from the summer:

Big Street Safety Improvements at PS 130/MS 839

You may have seen that Caton Avenue has already gotten a major upgrade. The changes that are being put in place on Caton will significantly improve street safety for the schoolchildren and families walking to and from the new school building on Caton Avenue every day. I’d like to give a huge thank you to PS 130 for their advocacy and organizing efforts in pushing for these changes. Thanks to their widely-distributed petition, (and a bit more convincing from me), the members of Community Board 7 voted to approve the changes.

The new changes will reduce speeding and make pedestrian crossings safer on Caton Avenue, between Ocean Parkway and Coney Island Avenue, right by the school .The changes include converting the road into one lane in each direction and adding turning bays, pedestrian islands, and new pedestrian crosswalks.

Expanded School Slow Zone at PS 230

Students going back to school at PS 230 will see an expanded school slow zone, with 20 MPH signage along McDonald Avenue from Caton to Church Avenues (see a map of the zone here). Taken together with the existing school slow zone on Albemarle Road, and the new leading pedestrian interval at Albemarle and McDonald, it will be safer for schoolchildren and families to walk to and from PS 230.

Proposal for 15 New Speed Humps in Windsor Terrace

Another important element of DOT’s plan involves slowing traffic in the area by installing 15 speed humps throughout Windsor Terrace. Click here for a map of the proposed locations.  

Like the street safety improvements near PS 130/MS 839, DOT will only install the speed humps if approved by Brooklyn Community Board 7. CB7 held a transportation committee meeting in August, and over 50 neighbors turned out to share their opinions. A second transportation committee will take place later this month.

If you support these speed humps -- the most effective way to reduce traffic speeds in the area – sign this petition telling Community Board 7 to vote in favor of the humps.

The humps didn’t receive the warmest reception when they were initially discussed earlier this month, despite overwhelming support from the community to reduce traffic speeds. I know that many people fear that the humps will be noisy, or will cause damage to their homes, but speed humps are incredibly effective tools when it comes to slowing vehicle speeds and improving street safety. I can’t say that they’ll fix all our problems, but right now being struck by a car or truck is the leading cause of injury-related death for children in NYC, and less speeding means fewer deaths to traffic. We’ve already made important progress in reducing speeds across New York City. Let’s keep that momentum going on the streets of Windsor Terrace.

If you haven’t already, I encourage you to check out the street safety improvement tracker on my website to learn more about the other projects NYC DOT is considering for the area, and I wish you a safe and successful start to the new school year! 

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