It’s T time for Ridge cars

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Finding a parking spot in Bay Ridge is about to become as easy as crossing your T’s.

The city is giving drivers a green light to park in front of curb cuts at T intersections — so long as they are not marked with crosswalks, stop lights or other traffic signals.

The move, pushed by Councilman Vince Gentile (D–Bay Ridge), will create more than 50 new spots at three-way intersections in the parking-starved neighborhood.

Traffic cops will no longer be on the prowl along Shore Road between 60th Street and 99th Street, issuing $165 summonses so long as spots are “not marked with a crosswalk and not controlled by all-way stop signs or traffic signals,” said Department of Transportation spokesman Scott Gastel.

Gentile, who tried to get such legislation in 2006, was pleased.

“This new rule will make dozens of new spots available at locations that aren’t currently safe for pedestrian crossing, so this really is a win-win for our neighborho­od,” said Gentile.

When Ridgites started receiving costly tickets for parking in front of the sloped sidewalks, Community Board 10’s office was inundated with calls, according to District Manager Josephine Beckmann.

“There was outrage because they weren’t marked and you couldn’t tell you were doing something wrong,” she said. “This is really a big victory.”

But not all Bay Ridge residents are celebrating.

Wheelchair user Jean Ryan is furious that cars will be able to obstruct certain sidewalk ramps.

“When a car block a curb cut, I won’t be able to cross the street,” said Ryan. “They say it would be dangerous for anyone to cross there, but that’s patronizing to us. We can look both ways and cross just like anyone else.”

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Pat from Bay Ridge says:
Why are there curb cuts without crosswalks? Why is Shore Road so difficult to cross? Why are our "leaders" ignoring the 40% of us who don't own a car?
March 19, 2009, 2 am
j mork from p hts says:
Here's the definition of "crosswalk" from the NYS traffic law:

[paragraph] 110. Crosswalk. (a) That part of a roadway at an intersection
included within the connections of the lateral lines of the sidewalks on
opposite sides of the highway between the curbs or, in the absence of
curbs, between the edges of the traversable roadway.

In other words, a crosswalk exists whether there is paint or not wherever there are sidewalks that connect on either side of a road.
March 19, 2009, 10:07 am
spacemanspiff from Queens says:
What, do drivers think they don't need to cross the street, too? This is a ridiculously bad idea.
March 19, 2009, 10:31 am
Boy Ridge from Third Avenue says:
Gentile is a ridiculously bad idea.
March 19, 2009, 10:37 am
Town from Manh. says:
Motorists are already at risk of being selfish and destructive bad citizens; this rule pushes them further in that direction.
March 19, 2009, 10:50 am
Andy B from Jersey says:
I love how NYC allows cars to park in locations that are considered totally illegal anyplace else.
March 19, 2009, 3:47 pm
A O from BKLYN says:
You want parking spots!! Get rid of all the fire hydrants and have all homes and buildings have standpipes to their properties. There is no need for some blocks to have three or 4 hydrants on the same side of the block then have driveways in between the hydrants arrrr i hate parking in some parts of Brooklyn because of that.
March 19, 2009, 6:08 pm
spacemanspiff from Queens says:
This will also make the intersections less safe for drivers (and cyclists, for that matter). With cars parked right up to the corners, you won't be able to see people coming into the intersection from the sides. It's probably going to cause more crashes, on top of making it harder to cross the street.
March 19, 2009, 7:28 pm
mike from greenpoint says:
This is a terrible idea. Not only does it endanger pedestrians, but it increases the supply of car parking, which simply generates more car traffic, pollution and misery.

Gentile is a fool.
March 19, 2009, 7:34 pm
Wendy from Bay Ridge says:
"Win-win." How is this a win-win for our neighborhood. It is a win for drivers and a loss for people pushing strollers or in wheelchairs. The city has done much to make our streets more livable and complete. This, however, is a move in the absolute wrong direction.
March 20, 2009, 9:53 am
j mork from p hts says:
Not sure if my earlier post was completely clear.

A crosswalk exists whether there is paint on the road or not, at every intersection, at the point where the sidewalks on either side would connect.

I believe that allowing cars to park in these unmarked crosswalks is illegal.
March 20, 2009, 12:31 pm
mike from GP says:
Can we get some clarification here? This article does not say who gave the go-ahead. Was a law passed? Did the DOT just say it was ok? According the the Traffic Rules, Gentile is plain wrong. There is missing information here.
March 20, 2009, 2:36 pm
pete from ridge says:
Gentile? Is that —— & Balls........
March 21, 2009, 10:34 pm

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