Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, and Kensington are some of our city's most vibrant and diverse neighborhoods. Students, parents, shoppers, and commuters walk, bike, or use mobility aids to get around. Delivery workers bring food, medicine, and groceries from local businesses in dense commercial areas to residents near and far.
But the street design in these neighborhoods' puts all of us at risk.
Sidewalks and crosswalks are cramped and crowded. Pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and deaths are too common. Buses are jam-packed and crawl along congested streets, and many riders find it difficult to board at all because bus stops are constantly blocked.
Our goal is to transform our unsafe streets into the complete streets that our neighborhoods deserve. Streets designed to keep children, the elderly, and all of our neighbors safe.
This goal can be accomplished in four main ways:
- Protect people crossing streets,
- Protect people who bike,
- Move bus riders quickly and efficiently, and
- Designate dedicated space for deliveries.
Walking around our neighborhoods should be easy!
Adding curb-extensions, raised crosswalks, and raised intersections would protect people crossing streets. Creating pedestrian safety islands and widening sidewalks will help families with strollers and people in wheelchairs safely navigate our neighborhoods, and narrowing oversized traffic lanes would slow down vehicles, giving pedestrians dedicated time to cross streets.
Building a connected, protected bike lane network will make our streets safe to use for commuters, children, delivery workers, families, and all people who bike.
Give buses dedicated bus lanes so bus riders can more efficiently and reliably get to their destinations. Buses are important in our neighborhoods, where many residents live far from subways, and especially for those of us who use mobility aids and cannot use our inaccessible subways.
Designate both commercial and neighborhood loading zones so local businesses, delivery services, taxis, and personal vehicles can load and unload safely and efficiently while keeping our streets and crosswalks safe and clear for all users.