Vision Zero meeting coming to Borough Hall on April 1

TUESDAY NIGHT: Sound off on road safety at town hall meeting

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Officials are inviting Brooklynites to sound off about where streets are the diciest for pedestrians and cyclists and how to make them safer.

A host of pols including Borough President Adams and councilmen Brad Lander (D–Park Slope) and Chaim Deutsch (D–Sheepshead Bay) will be in attendance as residents pinpoint danger hotspots on the borough’s mean streets and identify ways to improve them. Atlantic Avenue and Jay Street Downtown are among the treacherous passages that need to be rejiggered, according to one professional road-safety activist.

“Atlantic Avenue is one of the most lethal streets in Brooklyn,” said Transportation Alternatives spokesman Miller Nuttle. “I hope what will happen is a lot of Brooklynites will speak up about how they feel vulnerable biking and taking public transit on our streets.”

The heavily trafficked corridor that runs past the Barclays Center will be among the first 50 roadways to get car-slowing measures, the city announced on Friday.

A Prospect Heights activist said that attention needs to extend beyond the affluent area between the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and the arena.

“Although all of Atlantic Avenue is a concern, the section from the Flatbush intersection east is in desperate need of solutions,” said Gib Veconi, treasurer of the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council. “The wider street leads to faster traffic and longer pedestrian crosses, which can be frightening, especially for older residents and those with children.”

The town hall is a part of Mayor DeBlasio’s Vision Zero initiative, which aims to reduce traffic deaths to zilch by 2024. The initiative is welcome and has been a long time coming, but it is still up to the people to call for protective bike lanes, safer crosswalks, and narrower travel lanes for cars on Atlantic Avenue and throughout the borough, according to Nuttle.

“Obviously, there’s still a lot of work to be done,” he said.

The mayor’s plan calls for 25 new arterial slow zones, where speed limits will be reduced to 20 miles per hour, speed cameras, 250 new speed humps, and a bunch of other measures.

Vision Zero Brooklyn Town Hall Meeting at Borough Hall (209 Joralemon Street at Court Street in Downtown). April 1. 7 to 9 pm. Registration begins at 6:30 pm.

Reach reporter Megan Riesz at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her on Twitter @meganriesz.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
Excellent, It's pretty easy to find free parking in the evening.
March 29, 2014, 8:48 am
jay from nyc says:
I hope Tal comes down from pleasentville and shows up for this meeting. He can finally bring to public light how Hamas is in bed with the city council and bicycle people and save us all from the evil of safer streets and show us all how to thank him for being so much smarter than everyone else in the entire universe like the dear leader that he is.
March 29, 2014, 9:03 am
NYPD from NY says:
Anyone working legitimately IS paying taxes.
March 29, 2014, 11:01 am
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
yes NYPD. I pay taxes. Do you work? If so you pay taxes. As I work for NYC I'd like to take the opportunity to thank you for paying for my free medical care and your generous contributions to my vested pension. I have great dental and eye care too. Plenty of paid vacation. I work hard for the City, and I really should thank you for paying me and my families medical and pension. Thank You, please give yourself a couple of arrows
March 29, 2014, 5:22 pm
NYPD from NY says:
fyi, My comment regarding taxes was posted to a comment that was removed because the commenter is borderline retarded.
March 29, 2014, 7:41 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
right on swamp - my wife is tier 1 board of ed making a fortune tutoring off the books - nypd - tough ——sky
March 29, 2014, 11:24 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
If I can make it, I will be there, otherwise I won't, so I'll place myself as a question mark for that day.
March 30, 2014, 4:43 pm
Jim from Browski says:
Miller Nuttle. That's a name.
March 31, 2014, 10:03 am
Ben Kintisch from Bed Stuy says:
All of us bike zealots are so thrilled as to finally have seen you IRL!
You win the prize for the meanest man (visiting) Brooklyn award:
"It's sad about how these people died...but I've read the news accounts and a lot of those pedestrians weren't looking or paying attention."
Were you looking at the mom of the dead 5 year old child when you said that horrible utterance?
How can you be so callous?
April 1, 2014, 11:52 pm
Scott from Park Slope says:
Indeed, Tal, your gall in saying that to the face of the woman who just lost her five year old child to a reckless driver was breathtaking. Blaming the victim in a room full of real victims whose pain will never end because you want to rationalize your own sociopathic need to speed exceeds any sense of proportion, decorum, or simple humanity.
April 3, 2014, 9:40 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I find what you say to be interesting, because as I remember it, I was highly applauded for what I said. None of them tried to gang up on me for what I said, and I received a lot of compliments from a number of people there including a police officer. Honestly, I find Vision Zero to be very selective and punishing only one group, which happens to be motorists. Also, I feel that only the effects are mentioned while the causes are left out. What about pedestrians and cyclists that don't follow the rules? I've hardly heard anything in those points that mention them, and when they are flouting the laws, they are clearly placing themselves into harm's way if not hurting others. Just to let you know, in some of those accidents, neither the child nor their parents were paying attention, and some of those accidents would have been avoidable, and that's not blaming the victim. One other thing, saying that someone is not solely responsible for their actions isn't the same as saying that they aren't responsible for their actions, so please learn the difference in those phrases.
April 3, 2014, 3:20 pm

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