Tell Marty Markowitz You Support DOT’s 9th Street Plan

If you live in or around Park Slope, Brooklyn, then please take just a minute to click this link and send a fax to Borough President Marty Markowitz expressing your support for DOT’s traffic safety plan for 9th Street. 

As we’ve reported here on Streetsblog, the Department of Transportation has put forward a thoughtful and comprehensive plan for making one of Park Slope’s most dangerous and crash-prone streets safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. Unfortunately, a small group of mostly car and brownstone-owning 9th Street residents with quite a bit of influence on the local Community Board are organizing vigorously against the plan. They call themselves the Ninth Street Block Association.

Here is what I find remarkable about this group: When two 5th grade boys were mowed down by a landscaping truck at Third Avenue and 9th Street in February 2004, the Ninth Street Block Association was nowhere to be found. When a 77-year-old neighborhood resident was run over and killed by a contractor’s truck at Seventh Avenue and 9th Street in August 2004, the Ninth Street Block Association had nothing to say about that. When a sedan went through the front door of Dizzy’s Diner at Eighth Avenue and 9th Street in July 2005, again, the Ninth Street Block Association was AWOL. It took a resident named Konrad Kaletsch and the owners of Dizzy’s to organize a 1,200 signature petition drive to get DOT to address the fact that the rate of car crashes, injuries and fatalities along the 9th Street corridor was way beyond normal.

Yet, now that a traffic safety plan has finally been put forward, the Ninth Street Block Association is out in force. Why? Because they are deeply concerned that DOT’s pedestrian safety and bike lane plan will limit their ability to double-park, they don’t like the idea of bicycles using "their" street, and they don’t believe that DOT did enough to consult their group before putting the plan forward (never mind that this group showed a complete lack of interest as pedestrians were being knocked down like bowling pins up and down their street). 

Don’t let this most base form of NIMBYism win the day. If you live in the neighborhood or regularly use 9th Street, send a fax right now.

  • Hasn’t DOT said they’ll implement this plan over the community board’s opposition? Is there really anything to worry about here?

  • DOT has indeed said that it would implement these kinds of projects over Community Board opposition. The concern is what happens if a number of elected officials put pressure on DOT to shut down a project like this.

  • Eric

    The Community Board has not opposed DOT’s 9th Street plan. At its last meeting, on Aprill 11th, the Board voted to table a motion on the plan, and sent a letter to DOT asking for further consultation.

  • Xue

    Yes, Eric, but the disgruntled (and vociferous) 9th St residents could go straight to their electeds, who tend to have more away over DOT than CBs.

  • Eric

    Xue, I’m well aware of the outspoken and misinformation-spouting 9th Street residents, which is why Park Slope Neighbors has been busy contacting those same electeds and trying to see that accurate information about the details and benefits of DOT’s traffic-calming plan gets out to the public. I encourage anyone who cares about bike lanes to contact Markowitz, Councilmember Bill de Blasio, Assemblymember Jim Brennan and State Senators Eric Adams and Velmanette Montgomery to express your support for the plan.

    The point I was trying to make in my earlier post was to make it clear that CB6 has not opposed the plan.

  • Carol

    Could you guys post the option to print? I live on 9th street and would love to print the above to post around the ‘hood. I am frequently frightened off the street by drivers who treat west 9th street as their personal speedway launch pad onto the BQE.

    Also, what’s up with this “spam protection” thing? i don’t know what to put in the box.
    thx

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