Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Fights for Livable Streets

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DOT’s failure to provide a traffic signal or even a simple crosswalk at intersections
along DeKalb Avenue disconnects the neighborhood from its bus stops and its park.

Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Association is running an exemplary grassroots campaign on local pedestrian safety issues. The neighborhood group has generated more than 500 letters to DOT requesting specific improvements in crosswalk layouts and traffic signal timing. Streetsblog can’t recall hearing of a neighborhood organization producing that many individual letters for a Livable Streets campaign. It is an impressive total.

Even more impresive, FGA is using the Internet to illustrate, inventory and keep track of the DOT’s handling of neighborhood traffic and pedestrian safety problems. It almost looks like a software developer’s bug-tracking list. FGA’s web site is a great example for other neighborhood groups to follow.

The association seems to have a very solid understanding of the fundamental problem within New York City’s transportation agency. From the web site:

On this page, the FGA will document priority intersections and recommended ways in which DOT can rectify dangerous zones in the neighborhood. Although the DOT may be concerned with traffic flow and alleviating congestion, the FGA’s priority remains with pedestrian safety. Our citizens lives are at stake. Until these issues are resolved, we recommend that citizens walk with EXTREME CAUTION at the intersections listed below.

  • Bravo for the initiative, but please substitute “residents” or “people” for “citizens.” Obviously citizenship is not a criterion for concern re safety!

  • ck_bk

    interesting that the fort green community board recently shot down a comprehensive proposal to add more bike lanes throughout the neighborhood. The board was apparently persuaded by vocal residents who believe that bicycles are a bigger menace than auto traffic… when will “citizens” grow to understand that bicycles en mass have a powerful traffic (as in auto) calming effect?

  • Folks who want to look at Ft. Greene more closely can check out “New Yorker by Nature,” a self-guided text-message walking tour through the nabe. Pick up maps at Habana Outpost and bring your cellphone. When you get to a spot where there’s a code on the map, follow the instructions and record your comments about how to make a particular place more livable. For details, look at “New Yorker by Nature” in the Main Gallery at http://yellowarrow.net.

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