Group reaching out to NYPD for street safety forum
by Sarah Iannone
Apr 16, 2014 | 468 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The 90th Precinct will be working with the Transportation Alternatives Brooklyn Activist Committee to initiate New York City's Vision Zero in Williamsburg, Bushwick and Greenpoint.

The committee has been working with a broad coalition of groups in hopes that they will be able to bring a series of street safety forums to the community. These forums would allow neighbors to come together to point out dangerous zones in need of traffic-calming measures.

The initiative already has 1,447 petition signatures, five partnering civic leaders and nearly 30 nonprofit organizations on board, and now the group is reaching out to the NYPD.

"We're doing our best to make sure we're speaking to the key agencies that will let us achieve Vision Zero, and the NYPD is one of those of course," said Caroline Samponaro, senior director of campaigns and organizing at Transportation Alternatives (TransAlt).

TransAlt reports that North Brooklyn in particular has some of the highest bicycle ridership in New York City, but lacks the infrastructure needed to support a safe riding environment.

Wide streets with inadequate crosswalks, like Metropolitan Avenue, Graham Avenue and Broadway, also endangers thousands of pedestrians every day.

"We want these hazardous corridors to be redesigned to include pedestrian safety islands, protected bike lanes and dedicated bus lanes," said Brian Zumhagen, communication manager for TransAlt.

According to Samponaro, the idea behind the initiative involves rethinking the neighborhood and making a street and sidewalk network.

"This is kind of similar to what happened in Brownsville," Samponaro said. “There was a long community planning process that led to a neighborhood bike lane and a bunch of pedestrian safety improvements.”

The organization is striving to see much more work done in the borough to make the streets safer.

"There are a lot of people that want to see this kind of community planning process and there's been a tremendous amount of support," Samponaro said.

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