Tonight: Turn Out to Support Safer Biking and Walking on Flushing Ave

flushing.jpgWhat it’s like to bike on Flushing Avenue now. Photo: NYCDOT

We’ve got a late and important addition to the Streetsblog calendar: At tonight’s meeting of the Brooklyn Community Board 2 transportation committee, DOT will present a revised proposal to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists on Flushing Avenue near the Brooklyn Navy Yard. This is a critical link in the path of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, and the project would provide safer bike connections for people riding to Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg bridges.

The concept that DOT initially presented for the project was well-received by this CB committee a few months ago, but met with resistance from Navy Yard businesses and locals who insisted on preserving two-way traffic flow on Flushing. If you want to help keep up the long-term momentum for a continuous Brooklyn greenway and improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians right now, don’t miss this meeting.

It gets started at 6 p.m. Here’s where to go:

St. Francis College
180 Remsen Street
1st Floor Board Room

It’s a small room, so I recommend getting there as early as possible to find a comfortable spot.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Met with resistance from Navy Yard businesses and locals who insisted on preserving two-way traffic flow on Flushing.”

    Any way those businesses would go for a bikeway inside the Navy Yard? And how heavily used is the sidewalk along the side of the Navy Yard? Could it be a bikeway?

    Just wondering what they would offer as an alternative.

  • They could offer to cut a parking lane instead.

  • Joe B

    They should tear down the tow yard to extend the park.

    It is a shame to this city that the tow yard exists. The process they mill people through just to get their cars back is inhumane. I’ve seen elderly people, hungry children, sick people and just otherwise normal citizens stuck standing for three hours because they were unlucky that their car was found by a tow truck rather than a meter maid (all of NYC is a towing zone – comes down to random chance whether you’re ticketed or towed).

    I’m anti-automobile myself, but I really feel terrible for the poor people who get trapped by the system. And the people who work there are miserable obese swine.

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