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Collision at 67th Street and Ridge Boulevard in Bay Ridge

Residents: We’re crossing Ridge Boulevard blind

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Two cars collided on Oct. 16 at a Ridge intersection that neighbors say they’ve been begging the city to fix for years.

Authorities say the vehicles slammed into each other at the corner of 67th Street and Ridge Boulevard at 9:42 am. There were no fatalities, but two people were taken to Lutheran Medical Center for treatment.

Residents said that crashes are a common occurrence at the junction, and blamed the mayhem on the abrupt bend in Ridge Boulevard as it heads toward Sunset Park — a problem aggravated when cars park near the corner. Ridgites repeatedly petitioned the Department of Transportation — without success — to replace the stop sign at the intersection with a traffic signal, and warned of more serious and deadly accidents yet to come.

“It’s a time bomb waiting to go off,” said Steve Schnibbe, who lives nearby and snapped photos of the scene.

Community Board 10 leaders said that they have received numerous complaints about the intersection, and had asked the city for a stoplight — only to be rejected.

“It is our judgment that additional controls are unwarranted at this time,” reads a 2009 letter to the board from Brooklyn Transportation Commissioner Joseph Palmieri.

Palmieri claimed that the city had examined the pedestrian and vehicular usage of the corner, and found it insufficient to justify a light. But CB10 said it would consider asking the city to give the intersection a second look.

“We could ask for another study,” CB10 district manager Josephine Beckmann said.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at wbredderman@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at twitter.com/WillBredderman.
Updated 10:15 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Rob from Greenpoint says:
CB10 should look into traffic calming, and not necessarily a light. Stoplights have all these requirements, some that make sense, some that don't. And lights don't force drivers to behave.

Ask the DOT for solutions, don't ask for just ONE solution.
Oct. 18, 2013, 6:48 am
bkmanhatposeur from brokeland says:
Lights, speed bumps, and all these drivers in the city need to take driver's Ed.

Other than that a majority of drivers in this city drive like savages on road warrior mentality.
Oct. 18, 2013, 7:51 am
Z from Bay Ridge says:
There are traffic lights a block away at Wakeman and at Senator on Ridge so there is no reason to put on here. Honestly a stop sign should be sufficient.
Oct. 18, 2013, 8:59 am
John from Bay Ridge says:
Something needs to be done here because it is impossible to see a car coming from the left if you are on 67 and want to cross. This is due to the angle of the street. Putting no parking sign at the corner to increase visibility DOES NOT WORK because what those are turn into is parking for cops. A light a block away does nothing to this intersection. A traffic light is the best solution since it is obey more often than a 4-way stop sign. Yes, I agree that there are some drivers who fail to respect the law just like most bikers.
Oct. 18, 2013, 11:20 am
Ed from Bay Ridge says:
Some problems can be solved via stop signs. This is not one of them.
Oct. 18, 2013, 11:23 am
Jay from Nyc says:
Is that Tals car in the picture?
Oct. 18, 2013, 12:53 pm
Joseph Doto from Bay Ridge says:
Yeah, and drivers in Bay Ridge are VERY well known for actually stopping at STOP signs... sure.

About as well known as the mostly worthless 68th Precinct is for giving what would be EASY tickets at known locations where drivers don't give a sh*t...

Such as...

RED LIGHT at 3rd Avenue & Shore Road, which does allow right on red turn, which means many people don't stop at all, so if you're a pedestrian or cyclist LOOK OUT.

STOP SIGN at Shore Road & 68th, which is insane because you get combination of a-holes SPEEDING north if they had the light at Bay Ridge all people coming in/out of Owl Head...
Oct. 18, 2013, 1:12 pm
Peter from Brooklyn Heights says:
Damn bike lanes.
Oct. 18, 2013, 8:08 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
"Is that Tals car in the picture?"

First of all, I drive a silver 2012 Honda Civic. Secondly, I wasn't in Bay Ridge at all today. More importantly, would I be talking right now if I was in the accident? Still, I don't think changing the intersection would really help when you can easily just get better enforcement, which won't cost much compared to changing the area completely. On a side note, even if that was meant to be a joke, I don't find that funny, plus that seems to be pretty insulting and a personal attack.
Oct. 18, 2013, 8:24 pm
Boris from Borough Park says:
Tal, I think I saw your car. What is your plate number?
Oct. 18, 2013, 9:21 pm
Ed from Bay Ridge says:
Joseph Doto from Bay Ridge says: "Yeah, and drivers in Bay Ridge are VERY well known for actually stopping at STOP signs... sure."

True, and-but I've seen one (1) anomaly: The intersection of 87 and Ridge (next to a school) used to be a nightmare, with drivers speeding to get through the light at 86, frequent collisions and major ped. stress.

The city put in stop signs and drivers actually STOP. No more regular brake squeals, "whomp-crash" sounds or debris fields.

I have no idea why signs worked in that spot. Maybe they're embedded with pheromones or subliminal messages.
Oct. 19, 2013, 10:14 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Honestly, I think that the motorists that commit such crashes are actually a minority and NOT a majority. Trying to change the intersection completely is really blaming a whole just for that that said few. I think better enforcement can do the job, and that what the police are for. Unfortunately, they aren't doing their job, so place the blame on them, and not on an entire group. As for Boris, my license plate number is NOYB.
Oct. 19, 2013, 4:48 pm
Harold Johanssen from Bay Ridge says:
The problem is aggressive driving. Something ought to be done about that!
Oct. 19, 2013, 5:34 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Let's not forget the many cyclists and pedestrians that are known for flouting traffic laws, so something needs to be done about that as well.
Oct. 20, 2013, 3:27 pm
Boris from Borough Park says:
And Tal, what about the birds? When will something be done about the birds?
Oct. 20, 2013, 7:08 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Keep in mind that you have no obligations to tell others to follow the rules when you hardly doing that yourselves, so start practicing what you preach before you tell others what to do.
Oct. 21, 2013, 2:58 pm
Boris from Borough Park says:
Who's preaching Tal?
Oct. 21, 2013, 8:34 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
For the record, I do follow the rules when I drive a lot, which is more than any of you bike zealots or pedestrians ever do.
Oct. 22, 2013, 5:58 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
All of you are just reading a reflection in the mirror, because it's all backwards. Plus I have never called anyone an stupid or a idiot just for disagreeing, that was something you guys did with your disrespectfull comments as proof. As my mom brought me up to behave, if you have nothing nice to say to someone, then don't say anything at all. Even though I do tend to disagree with a lot of things here, I don't attack the person, I just disagree with the viewpoint as Michael Moore does especially when he mentions conservatives like George W Bush with what they believe on, but he doesn't hate them personally. Just like how Israel is constantly the whipping boy of the Middle East when in reality everybody knows deep down that it is Hamas who causes all the problems.
Nov. 7, 2013, 11:16 am

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