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Safe haven! Steps to stop pedestrian death finally approved for Ocean Parkway intersection

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Soon they won’t have to take their walks in the parkway.

A deadly Kensington intersection is getting a safety fix after a months-long push now that the state Department of Transportation has signed off on a safety plan for the crosswalk at Church Avenue and Ocean Parkway, where a 73-year-old woman was struck and killed by a tractor trailer earlier this summer. Pedestrian advocates say the overhaul will turn the terrifying crossing into a safe haven for foot traffic.

“These improvements will make a real difference for pedestrians who have to cross this intersection every day,” said Councilman Brad Lander (D–Park Slope).

The city transportation agency will soon build a pedestrian island where Prospect Expressway empties out at a wide, nine-lane intersection. The agency will also add zebra stripes to the crosswalk to make it more visible to approaching motorists and put up additional signs cautioning drivers.

Last week, Lander joined neighbors and safety advocates to deliver a petition with 800 signatures demanding the improvements to Gov. Cuomo and the state transportation agency. The councilman launched the campaign earlier this summer after Ngozi Agbim was run over by a truck turning right onto Prospect Expressway from Church Avenue as Agbim was attempting to cross. Kensington residents cheered the improvement plan they hope will help them avoid Agbim’s fate.

“I look forward to a safer way for my neighbors to cross this intersecti­on,” said Kensington resident Neil Reilly.

The idea of safety upgrades for the crossing was a winner in Lander’s “participat­ory budgeting process,” which last year gave citizens the chance to choose how to spend $1 million in taxpayer funds by voting on a series of public improvement projects.

Lander allocated $200,000 for the safety measures, but the money went unspent because the state Department of Transportation deemed the original plan inadequate.

Transportation advocates said that the enhancements will definitely make the intersection safer to cross.

“[The thoroughfare] is essentially a highway in a densely pedestrian-rich part of the city, so these changes will send a strong signal to motorists that it is not a highway,” said Transportation Alternatives director Paul Steely White.

Last year, a transportation advocacy group designated Ocean Parkway as the borough’s most dangerous roadway for pedestrians, pointing to six walkers killed by cars on the boulevard between 2009 and 2011.

The Church Avenue intersection has proved especially deadly: four people died and 36 pedestrians and cyclists were injured there between 1995 and 2008, according to statistics provided by Transportation Alternatives.

Reach reporter Natalie Musumeci at nmusumeci@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her at twitter.com/souleddout.
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Reasonable discourse

bkdude from bk says:
sounds good tal
Aug. 29, 2013, 5:35 am
bmanhatposeur from btokeland says:
On that terrifying photo by anti-bike Taliban Tal believes the truck is less terrifying than a cycle.
god forbid of that old lady gets slammed in that photo as per Taliban Tal it's the old lady's fault.
I do get around Bk by car or cycle & appreciate both, but too many NYC drivers drive with inhumane impunity.
Aug. 29, 2013, 8:04 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
". . . it's the old lady's fault."

If you look at the light - it is!
Aug. 29, 2013, 10:07 am
Smith from The Smith and 9ths says:
Just because the ol lady has a cane don't make her old. Maybe she's out straight pimpin!

Same ol pimp, ain't nothin changed but ma' limp!
Aug. 29, 2013, 10:31 am
ty from pps says:
Rufus -- You friggin' a-hole. Half of the problem with this intersection is that it takes too long to cross and the light is too short -- WITH NOWHERE TO STOP IN THE MIDDLE. Thus the pedestrian island and other improvements.

Now that you're stupid comment is out of the way. I look forward to hear what brain numbing thoughts Tal has to share with us when he gets home to his mom's basement in Pleasantville.
Aug. 29, 2013, 11:10 am
Bendrix says:
Pedestrian safety is for hipsters like Brenda and Caleb. REAL New Yorkers don't cross the street without a bazooka strapped to their backs.
Aug. 29, 2013, 12:17 pm
o3 from bk says:
wait, how many points to run down a woman w a cane? more than the guy but less than a stroller fo sho ))
Aug. 29, 2013, 12:36 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I have to agree with Rufus on that photo. Both of those pedestrians are crossing against the signal here. I take it that this street has a lot of jaywalkers. Perhaps, if the jaywalking was stopped, this wouldn't be much of an issue. Still I find it better just to fix the timing of the signals, but I know that you anti-car fanatics will be against it because it will make sense and there will be no need for any pedestrian islands. Knowing Bard Lander, he will probably do a secret meeting in order to get this across, because he knows that the opposition will hate it. On a side note, cut the personal attacks, because they don't make you better but really worse, and as an Israeli-born Jew, I am really offended when referred as the Taliban especially when Israel is sending numerous funds to help stop them. If anyone is in their mom's basement, it's you guys, not me especially seeing that you guys comment during a weekday morning.
Aug. 29, 2013, 5:12 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Tal, there is no money to be made adjusting lights and their timing. . .but pouring concrete to make little islands that people will not stand on and creep into the street ?

Many a fortune has been made in this city pouring concrete!
Aug. 29, 2013, 5:22 pm
ty from pps says:
And, there is is, folks!! We've had our daily dose of ignorance and stupid from our friend in Pleasantville.

Have a nice day!
Aug. 29, 2013, 5:50 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Of course a website such as Streetsblog will always justify jaywalking as they do with cyclists flouting the laws. It's such an irony that they want all motorists to follow every letter of the law, while encouraging everyone who doesn't drive to flout as many as they can and be a martyr for that. Hearing that Paul Steely White is for those pedestrian islands really shows how anti-car this idea is. BTW, how well did the pedestrian islands on Ft Hamilton Parkway do? They were removed after so many concerns of traffic that made it hard for service, commercial, and emergency vehicles to get through, and the same would happen here. Also, being a major thoroughfare, it will be used a lot by those same vehicles, and reducing the lanes will just give the same results the other one did.
Aug. 29, 2013, 6:34 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
"how well did the pedestrian islands on Ft Hamilton Parkway do? "

Money to be made puttin' 'em in, money to be made takin' 'em out.

Not so much money to be made on lights.
Aug. 29, 2013, 8:56 pm
ty from pps says:
Hey Tal,
Have you ever been to this intersection on foot? Do you live just a few minutes walk from here? Are these *your* neighbors getting hit by drivers, killed, injured?!

No? You live in Pleasantville? How's the traffic near the parking lot for Shoprite up there? Why don't you worry about that? You're such a friggin' piece of crap, you know that?
Aug. 29, 2013, 11:59 pm
Huh? from BK says:
Does this Tal have some kind of social-OCD unhingement? Is he a real person?
Aug. 30, 2013, 3:49 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Ty, there are much better ways to help make this intersection safe pedestrians, and some of them don't cost as much as those pedestrian islands. However, you just can't seem to look beyond that anti-car bias that you tend to have. Perhaps, if jaywalking was cracked down more, this wouldn't be much of issue, because many feel encouraged to do so, because they either know that they will never get caught or that the fine for it is nothing more than a slap on the wrist. As for this Huh? person, I feel that this is probably ty's alter ego. On a side note, maybe you should stop commenting late at night, because it seems to make you go crazy, and start drinking decaff instead.
Aug. 30, 2013, 4:33 pm
ty from psp says:
Hey Tal... Once again.

Have you ever been to this intersection on foot? Do you live just a few minutes walk from here? Are these *your* neighbors getting hit by drivers, killed, injured?!

No? You live in Pleasantville? How's the traffic near the parking lot for Shoprite up there? Why don't you worry about that? You're such a friggin' piece of crap, you know that?
Aug. 30, 2013, 5:10 pm
ty from psp says:
7 simple questions for you to answer.

* Have you ever been to this intersection on foot?
* Do you live just a few minutes walk from here?
* Are these *your* neighbors getting hit by drivers, killed, injured?!
* You live in Pleasantville?
* How's the traffic near the parking lot for Shoprite up there?
* Why don't you worry about that?
* You're such a friggin' piece of crap, you know that?
Aug. 30, 2013, 5:12 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Ty, how about answering my questions.

1. Why are you so defensive on this?
2. Do you have connections with the DOT?
3. Do you see me or anyone making such personal attacks at you?
4. Is anyone telling you what to like?
5. Should only what you like be allowed to be posted?
6. Why do you need to resort to name calling and other personal attacks?
7. Have you ever tried keeping your ego to yourself?
8. Why does it matter where I live when I don't make that issue at you?
9. Does it really take an insider to know what's going on no matter where it is?
10. More importantly, are you on some kind of medication or drugs when you talk like this or this just normal for you?
Aug. 30, 2013, 6:32 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
ty - man up - ask tal out and do it right - this isn't junior hs you are both vital important women oops I mean men - enjoy the weekend
Aug. 30, 2013, 10:05 pm
ty from pps says:
1. Why are you so defensive on this? Because I hate ignorant f*cks like you.
2. Do you have connections with the DOT? Yes, Tal, they are a government agency that serves the residents of NYC. I am a resident of NYC. Are you?
3. Do you see me or anyone making such personal attacks at you? Yes.
4. Is anyone telling you what to like? This is sarcastic -- or just stupid.
5. Should only what you like be allowed to be posted? No, people who are not total ignorant dummies that have a clue are welcome to make counter arguments.
6. Why do you need to resort to name calling and other personal attacks? You're not worth much more.
7. Have you ever tried keeping your ego to yourself? No.
8. Why does it matter where I live when I don't make that issue at you? It matters. A LOT. Am I making comments about the local choices of the local government in Pleasantville?
9. Does it really take an insider to know what's going on no matter where it is? Insider? No. But being not stupid and ignorant helps.
10. More importantly, are you on some kind of medication or drugs when you talk like this or this just normal for you? HAHAHAHAHAHA! The irony is priceless.

Now. Your turn.
Aug. 30, 2013, 11:51 pm
Other Michael from Park Slope says:
That intersection is so dangerous I don't even like driving there.
Aug. 31, 2013, 8:28 am
old time brooklyn from slope says:
that intersection has been bad new forever - not as bad as queens blvd but close
Aug. 31, 2013, 10:43 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I take it you have never studied Western Philosophy in college, Ty, or probably never went to college in that matter. In reality, there is no such thing as a right or wrong answer or even what is good and bad. It can all change definitions depending on who is viewing, and there are a lot of issues happening everywhere that bring such views. The fact that I view some pedestrians and cyclists and zealots, assuming you know what that word actually means, is my view, while you saying it on motorists is your view. This even comes to an old saying about those who can't seem to have a real debate, "If you can't stand the heat, then got of the kitchen." Seeing that you resort to personal attacks shows how much you can't seem to make a debate as well. Bottom line, not all streets are meant for pedestrians and bicycles especially if they are used constantly by trucks, which is going into harm's way for them going there.

On a side note I take great issue with people calling me stupid, just b/c I take another perspective. Do any of you know cartesian logic? Can you understand the Devil's advocate? Do you just spew haterAid when somebody undisprooves you? I just came up with one day let alone write those myself, these are figures that support my claim unlike others who just repeat what they already mentioned or act very defensive. Their result is that if they can't undebunk me, they demand that my statements be censored, and threaten me to stay out of the city, which is a hit way below the belt, even for the likes of you, Ty. As for some streetsbloggers like Ty, he slammed my with the most offensive replies that I won't reapeat, and called me a conspirator despite the fact that I have completely prooven my claim with actual facts.
Sept. 6, 2013, 4:15 pm

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