Soon To Be Safer Williamsburg Bridge Path
Recently there were two muggings and a crash between a runner and a cyclist on the Williamsburg Bridge bike and pedestrian path. In response, T.A. renewed our request for the DOT to install emergency call boxes and surveillance cameras to deter crime on the path.
The DOT responded positively, stating that surveillance cameras will be installed along the north and south paths by fall 2002. In the interim, the DOT asked the 7th and 90th police precincts to increase patrols along the path. From September through November, there was a noticeable increase in the police presence on the bridge. However, police stationed on the bridge said it was to crack down on graffiti artists.
According to the DOT,
emergency call boxes are the jurisdiction of the fire department. A decision
on the boxes will be made by spring 2001. Call boxes create allow direct
contact with emergency personnel and increase safety for everyone using the
bridge. The Brooklyn Bridge bicycle and pedestrian path has long had emergency
call boxes in place and is considered the safest East River crossing.
Write to Frank Gribbon, the Deputy Commissioner at the fire department. Tell him the Williamsburg bridge needs emergency call boxes on the bike and pedestrians path:
Mr. Frank Gribbon
Write to the DOT to thank them for their commitment to install surveillance cameras and for keeping the bridge path clean and regularly maintained: