Safer Streets in Kensington & Windsor Terrace

Safer Streets in Kensington & Windsor Terrace

Last Thursday night, our community came together for a well-attended meeting on long-standing concerns about pedestrian safety in Windsor Terrace and Kensington – concerns made all-the-more pressing by the tragic death of Mohammad Naiem Uddin in November.

Thanks to the hundreds of you who filled the PS 130 auditorium on a freezing cold night. It was clear that we all feel passionately about this. We are heartbroken by the loss of Naiem, and mindful that it could have been any of us, or our kids walking home from school, or our parents walking to the grocery. It was especially moving to be joined by Naiem’s mother, father, sister, and brother. I am grateful for their incredible courage to help make the neighborhood safer, so no one else has to know the pain they are feeling.

The NYC Department of Transportation presented a comprehensive plan to enhance safety in Windsor Terrace and Kensington. The plan touches on intersections and roadways throughout the area, and I encourage you to view the complete presentation on the DOT website. You can also read accounts of the meeting on KensingtonBK and DNAInfo.

I’d like to extend a big thank you to NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg and her team, for their thorough and concrete plan, and for their openness to listening to additional suggestions at the meeting.

Just a few highlights of the plan include:

  • Street safety improvements around the soon-to-be opened PS 437, including curb extensions at Caton Avenue at E. 7th and E. 8th Streets.
  • Installation of a 20 mph “slow zone” around PS 437 and PS 230 (including new signage), and a new stop-sign & crosswalk at PS 130.
  • Reducing Caton Avenue to one lane from Ocean Parkway to Coney Island Avenue, with related pedestrian improvements.
  • Increasing pedestrian crossing times at Caton Avenue and Ocean Parkway.
  • Curb extensions and other improvements at the Church/McDonald and Fort Hamilton/McDonald intersections.

DOT also agreed to review and consider additional changes, including a look at the Caton Avenue truck route, a review of many Windsor Terrace intersections for stop signs/traffic signals (McDonald/Terrace, McDonald/Seeley, 19th/Seeley, 20th/Terrace, Vanderbilt/20th/E. 3rd, Caton/East 8th). Residents spoke passionately about needed improvements at Ocean Parkway/Church, and near the new UPK center at the Bishop Ford building. We committed to work together to insure that there is a school crossing guard at the new PS 437, and in general to push for improvements to the school crossing guard program.

If you weren’t able to attend, we’ll be collecting everyone’s comments on the plan (including ideas, suggestions, or general impressions) and compiling them for DOT. If you didn’t get a chance to give your comments already, you can submit them to my office on this form, or you can contact the DOT directly through their website.

I am committed to continue working with you to make sure that the streets in Kensington, Windsor Terrace, and everywhere in my district are places where everyone can move about safely. If you are interested in taking greater leadership with K/WT Safe Streets, please let my office know, and we’ll connect you.

And please let us know also of any young people who would like to get involved in mobilizing for safer streets. They can join the new Vision Zero Youth Council, founded by a classmate of Naiem, Sammy Cohen-Eckstein, and Joie Sellers at MS 51. Together, students from elementary, middle, and high-schools are working to make sure they don’t lose any more classmates.

Our community is deeply indebted to the Uddin family, to Sammy’s parents Amy Cohen & Gary Eckstein who helped found Families for Safe Streets, to Joie Sellers’ mom Marcia Landais, and to other family members who have channeled their grief into the fight for safer streets. Our work to make streets safer in Kensington, Windsor Terrace, and beyond will serve as a living memorial to their memory. 

- Brad

P.S. I’m also pleased to report that Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson has agreed to work with Families for Safe Streets, Transportation Alternatives, and my office to make sure that there is real accountability for reckless drivers who kill or seriously injure our loved ones. The DA’s office has already brought indictments against the driver who killed Naiem for reckless driving resulting in his death, and for leaving the scene. Her license is suspended pending adjudication. It will take a combination of engineering, education, and enforcement to move toward “Vision Zero,” our goal of a neighborhood and a city where no one is killed crossing the street.

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