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Traffic calming coming to Clinton Hill

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Clinton Hill drivers will soon be hitting the brakes.

The city plans to set up a traffic-calming “slow zone” for the area bounded by Washington, Lafayette, and Bedford avenues, and Fulton Street. The proposal to install speed humps, special go-slow signs, and new street markings cleared a minor hurdle last Thursday when the transportation committee of Community Board 2 signed off on it.

“We think this group of tools will have a positive impact,” said Robert Perris, the panel’s district manager.

The overhaul cannot come quickly enough, according to some residents who say their residential neighborhood could be mistaken for the set of a Porsche commercial.

“We have a pretty rampant speeding problem in our neighborho­od,” said Elizabeth Giddens, who lives on Franklin Avenue in the soon-to-be slow zone. “It’s treated as a speedway.”

Giddens is a member of the Brooklyn Waldorf School’s parent association, the group that applied for the pedestrian safety zone through the city’s transportation department.

The Clinton Hill slow zone would contain four schools and eight pre-kindergarten and daycare centers and its roads see an average of 62.4 injuries per year, according to the roads agency.

This slow zone would be the second in Community Board 2’s jurisdiction. Boerum Hill’s went into effect last year and folks over there are pleased with the results so far, according to Perris.

“It seems to be having a very positive effect on traffic speed,” said Perris.

The full board will vote on the Clinton Hill plan at a Feb. 12 meeting.

Officials designated 15 communities for the ramped-up traffic safety measures last year. Neighborhoods are picked based on high accident rates, a concentration of schools, and demonstrated support from the community.

The designations are in demand, if the number of groups asking for them is any indication. The 15 chosen last year came from a pool of 74 applicants.

“I want more slow zones everywhere,” said Downtown resident Denise Maher. She says the interest the program has garnered should be a sign to the city.

“It’s a signal that it’s important to people,” she said.

But others feel the city could do more by lowering the speed limit unilaterally.

“I’d love to see the citywide limit made 20,” said Eric McClure, a safe streets activist.

McClure helped push the failed 2011 slow zone for Park Slope.

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260-8310. E-mail him at mperlman@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

ty from pps says:
Oh noooooo! Just think of how this will affect the lives of drivers in Pleasantville, Westchester County. The horror!
Jan. 25, 2014, 11:14 am
Mom from Clinton Hill says:
It's great that they're creating a slow zone. Let's hope they're not creating a honk zone. Because when the cars go slow in our neighborhood, obnoxious drivers on their way to the BQE decide that honking is the only thing that will unblock traffic.
Jan. 25, 2014, 8:16 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
A traffic jam by any other name, but I'm sure there was a $$$tudy done to make bumps.
Jan. 26, 2014, 9:25 am
Pops from Brooklyn says:
The whole city needs a 20 mph speed limit!
Jan. 26, 2014, 9:29 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
In the next few decades, everyone will be claiming that the traffic is too slow and snarling, and will demand that the traffic calming be removed to help it move more efficiently hence the cycle of generations.
Jan. 26, 2014, 3:27 pm
ty from pps says:
Yes, Tal. When NYC has a population of over 10 million people, everyone is going to be calling for more fast cars!

How's everything in Pleasantville? Do you stick your dumb face into Brooklyn matters because everyone hates you up there and won't let you participate in the matters of your own g-damn town??
Jan. 26, 2014, 3:40 pm
The Chooch from the Bohemian Magic Show says:
As long as it don't block my driveway I'm fine with it. Okay now skiddy along now, scootch.
Jan. 26, 2014, 5:20 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Ty, you really do need start taking your prescription for chill pills and your doctor said it was very important that you do.
Jan. 26, 2014, 7:27 pm
ty from pps says:
Why can't you answer such simple questions, Tal?
Jan. 27, 2014, 12:02 am
Scott from Park Slope says:
I agree with Pops. A citywide speed limit reduction to 20mph would be less confusing, cheaper, and more effective than piecemeal efforts. But if Albany won't let us have home rule on our transportation, then piecemeal is better than the status quo.
Jan. 27, 2014, 11:42 am
ty from pps says:
I don't disagree with a city-wide speed limit (and a higher limit being the *exception* on certain roadways), but there's something to be said about the clear marking of the 20 mph zones. Neckdowns, plus prominent speed limit signs, etc.

There are close to no speed limit signs within the city limits because of the existing "city-wide" limit. HOWEVER, what percentage of drivers actually know the speed limit is 30mph?! I bet survey results for that one simple question would be shocking.
Jan. 27, 2014, 1:08 pm
oy from vey says:
ty, what the hell is wrong with you? tal hadn't even commented yet and you rail against him, inviting him to comment. Then you get into a comment war with him. it's predictable and sad. if you'd shut up, maybe he'd shut up.
Jan. 27, 2014, 3:01 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Honestly, I just think that traffic calming only works in theory, but not in practice. Another thing is that it feels more of a short term solution rather than a long term solution. As for speed limits, I highly doubt that lowering them will make anything better especially when the enforcement of the current ones aren't even done. Seriously, if you really want safe streets, then ALL groups need to follow the rules, not just one in particular while the rest get to do whatever you want. BTW, for anytime you mention motorists flouting traffic laws, I can say almost the same for pedestrians and cyclists that do just that as well, so quit acting like some kind of a saint, because I don't buy it at all. I would rather just having the traffic lights timed better, and it won't cost that much nor would it need a redesign of any street hence taking less time to do just because of that.
Jan. 27, 2014, 3:37 pm
saul from boro says:
Cuz tyresa is annoyed that Tal is usually gonna be right and she'll always be wrong.
Jan. 28, 2014, 3:29 pm
ty from pps says:
Yep, that's why i'm annoyed. obviously.
Jan. 28, 2014, 6:57 pm

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