Park Slope Street Safety Town Hall - Wednesday, May 30

Park Slope Street Safety Town Hall - Wednesday, May 30

The tragedy at 5th Ave and 9th Street struck close to home for so many of us. Even as we are still mourning Abigail and Joshua (and now heartsick from the crushing news that Abigail’s mom, Ruthie Ann Miles, who was also hit, has lost the baby she was pregnant with), we want to do all we can to prevent future tragedies.  

So I’m joining with the Park Slope Street Safety Partnership and NYC DOT for a workshop on Wednesday, May 30th about street safety throughout our neighborhood:   

Park Slope Street Safety Workshop
Wednesday, May 30 at 6:30
M.S. 51 William Alexander Cafeteria
350 5th Avenue, Brooklyn

After the crash, many of you reached out to my office about dangerous locations around Park Slope, where drivers frequently speed, run red lights, or fail to yield to pedestrians. Where you hold kids’ hands a little tighter. Where you fear the next tragedy.

My office is following up with DOT on your suggestions (including many where we’ve been at it for years), and we’ll keep doing so. But here’s a chance to come together with neighbors, and to speak directly to DOT -- who will be there to listen, to answer questions, and to share information from their tool kit of street safety improvements.

Two notes:

This is not the public hearing to review proposed changes for 9th Street. DOT has committed to release their plans to make 9th Street safer in June, mostly likely at a meeting of the Community Board 6 Transportation Committee. We’ll keep you posted on the date and time for that, of course.

I’m also working on proposals to confront the problem of reckless drivers, who can cause tragedies at any intersection. As I wrote last week, I’m grateful to Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez for bringing charges against Dorothy Bruns, who had an appalling history of dangerous driving, and whose doctor had told her not to drive. But the weaknesses in our traffic safety laws, enforcement, and system of accountability, justice, and behavior change are much larger.    

For this meeting, we will focus on streets and intersections around Park Slope, and what we can do together to make them safer.

As we continue to pray for strength and healing for Joshua and Abigail’s families in the long wake of this tragedy, let’s do all we can to prevent the next one.