Car-Free Prospect Park and Traffic Calming.
Getting more car-free hours in Prospect park was the number one topic at
last month's Brooklyn Committee meeting. Twenty five members met at the new
Rock 'n Road Bike shop to meet people and discuss how to go about getting more
car-free hours. The campaign for traffic calming was also discussed. Several
people volunteered to get postcards signed and plans were made to have a fun
Prospect Park event in the spring.
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Downtown: Atlantic Center
Shopping Mail Attracts Shoppers and Motorists
The 400,000 square-foot Atlantic Avenue mall, opened in November, has
already won praise for bringing life, jobs, and dollars into the heart of
Brooklyn. Yet, to discourage people (especially teenagers) from socializing,
the center was designed without public benches or telephones. "People
come here to get good value and low prices," developer Bruce Ratner told
the Daily News in November. "It's not a place to roam around."
Traffic around the center has
gotten worse, and DOT plans to accommodate it by finishing a project that adds
lanes to Flatbush Avenue by narrowing the sidewalks. The effect on Flatbush
Avenue businesses should become apparent in the next few months.
Soundview: DOT Promises
In response to a letter from T.A.'s Bronx Committee, DOT'S Bronx Borough
Office has promised to install asphalt ramps leading to bike paths in
Soundview Park. Previously, cyclists had to dismount or attempt to jump the
Pelham Bay: Century Paths
to be Paved
After several requests from T.A.'s Bronx Committee,
the Parks Department has begun repaving paths through Pelham Bay Park. Much of
the paving will occur on paths used by T.A.'s NYC Century Bike Tour.
Jackson Heights: 34th
Avenue Bike Lane Partially Complete
DOT and the city Department of Environmental Protection have passed a
major milestone towards the completion of 34th Avenue bike lane. With sewer
work finished, a major section of the two-way lane was opened this fall. DOT
plans to stripe the remainder in the police presence the spring. When done,
the lane will run from 61st Street to Flushing Meadows Park, and will
eventually be connected to the Queensboro Bridge.
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about this issue.
Village: Eighth Street Overhaul
In an effort to revitalize a major West Village street, advocates proposed
that Eighth Street be narrowed and its sidewalks widened from about eight feet
to Fifteen. To make the street more pleasant for the 4,000 or so pedestrians
who walk down the street each hour, the Village Alliance Business Improvement
District plans to add trees, planters, and historic light poles to the
newly-expanded sidewalks. The narrowed roadway should also make the street
safer by slowing unruly traffic. DOT has applied for funds to rebuild
Midtown: Giuliani Pulls
Back on Park Avenue Ped Mall
Despite the success of the summer-season pedestrian mall on Park Avenue
between 41st and 42nd Streets, the city has no plans to make the lunchtime
traffic-free zone a permanent attraction. "It has been removed from
review," a city aide told the New York Post in October. The city is
making the Grand Central Partnership reapply for a temporary permit every
year, although the GCP still hopes to win a year-round pedestrian mall and
open a restaurant under the dingy Pershing Square Aqueduct.
Upper West Side: Call for
Crackdown on West End Avenue
Tour buses, commercial vans, and trucks are illegally using West End
Avenue, and State Assemblyman Scott Stringer wants the Mayor to do something
about it. Calling the residential street "the highway to hell,"
Stringer conducted a study and found that each week thousands of commercial
vehicles barrel down West End despite an official ban on such traffic.
Stringer has called for Giuliani to conduct a pollution study and boost police
presence to bust scofflaw truckers.
Lido Beach: Lido Boulevard
Called ''Killer Road"
Five people have been killed and 250 cars have crashed in the last four
years along a 3.1 mile stretch of Lido Boulevard, and neighbors are calling
for an end to the car-nage. Local activist Stephanie Kaufman told Newsday that
motorists ignore the 45-mile-per-hour speed limits. Kaufman believes
installing more lights won't help. Rather, she and others advocate narrowing
the six-lane speedway into a 4-lane road with a median strip. Others want the
traffic slowed down to 25 mph with serious enforcement by county police.