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Flatbush and Atlantic: Hellacious, Deadly, Likely to Get Worse

12:55 PM EST on February 28, 2008

Yesterday Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn posted this photo of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues, as seen at 8:45 a.m.

"With Atlantic Yards's 17,000 new residents, and
an 18,000 seat arena in use approximately 220 days per year, this
gridlock would be the good ol' days," DDDB said.

Without major changes it won't get better for pedestrians or cyclists either. On Tuesday a woman was killed one block away, at Atlantic and Fort Greene Place.

From the Daily News:

A Brooklyn woman was mowed down and killed by a van while crossing the street Tuesday, police said.

A van struck Beverly Cattouse, 57, as she crossed Atlantic Ave. in Boerum Hill about 4 p.m. She died at Brooklyn Hospital Center. The driver of the van remained at the scene and was not charged with a crime.

The police account of Ms. Cattouse's death is on the Brooklynian forum, where one commenter describes the area as "hellacious." A look at Transportation Alternatives' CrashStat bears that out.

The blue and red markers indicate the number of pedestrian and bike involved crashes, respectively. Bike and pedestrian icons mark fatalities. 

Writes a commenter on the WABC web site:

drivers don't want to stop for you even if you have the right of way. there is just no regard for human life. everyone is in a rush to go nowhere.

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