The Cobble Hill Association (CHA) and the Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) worked to put in a bicycle corral at the corner of Court and Pacific streets.
The corral was installed by the Department of Transportation (DOT) on November 29, along with landscaping designed by Atlantic Avenue's own Dig.
The bicycle corral was put in an existing “no standing” zone to ensure that no parking spaces would be taken away as a result of the project, said Josef Szende, executive director of the BID.
While the CHA brought the plan before Community Board 2 for approval, the BID will be responsible for garbage removal and maintenance. Szende said that the BID will maintain a four-day garbage pick up.
According to a statement by the CHA, the new corral will also solve a traffic issue in the area. According to the group, the “no standing” rules were rarely obeyed or enforced, so cars routinely parked there, decreasing visibility and creating a dangerous situation.
CHA member Paco Abraham, of the CBA, believes this will relieve stress for pedestrians and drivers. He said the corral has been getting positive feedback, and even overheard a father explain to his son the concept of “daylight” and how much safer the intersection has become a few days after the corral was installed.
“It addresses a legitimate need,” Abraham said.
Szende also said that many of the people who frequent the stores and restaurants in the area travel by bike. “The initiative will provide people with transportation choices,” he said.
And Abraham said that he has noticed people shop more when they come to the area by bike because they don't have to worry about where to park or rushing back to feed a meter.
“There are no downsides to it,” he said.