Grand Army Plaza Bollards: Saving Lives and Wrecking Cars

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The scene on Monday morning at the pedestrian refuge island in the middle of Flatbush Avenue between Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Public Library.

The bollards this guy smashed into surround the infamous pedestrian refuge island where the "little walk man" beckons people into the middle of Flatbush Avenue and then sadistically traps them there as heavy traffic flies by on both sides. Some say that DOT has made some improvements in the signal timing at this intersection. Others say it hasn’t changed. Calls to DOT on this question have gone unanswered for about two weeks now. More:

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    Around Herald Square it would be nice to replace those darned fences with bollards, which would still protect pedestrians on the sidewalk (more effectively than those flimsy fences, actually), but not restrict them so annoyingly at the same time!

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