Make Chrystie Street and Sara Roosevelt Park Safer

Two issues that affect Sara Roosevelt Park:

  • Bus depots: At least two more have now located on Chrystie near Canal across from 3 schools and a park.
  • No pollution controls required for these buses.
  • No legal way to restrict them due to bad driver/bus company track records.
  • No legal means to locally protect bus riders, pedestrians and bicyclists. NY State and Federal Government are tasked with enforcing/monitoring bus companies.

Full coverage here from The Lo-Down.

“…Republican opposition forced former Sen. Daniel Squadron …to water down their intercity bus regulation law enacted several years ago….

…Squadron…led a task force that worked with local law enforcement agencies to go after rogue bus operators. Now State Assembly member Yuh-Line Niou … tells us she prepared to reactivate the task force…

 

  • Bike lane signage: We have (still) new two-way bike lanes that hug the west side of SDR Park. We’ve had reports of many many near collisions with pedestrians. We have blind folks here, we have deaf folks here we have elders, children, park goers who are needlessly endangered by the lack of awareness from bike riders. Signage to warn everyone of the pedestrian/bike areas are needed NOW. Before another tragedy happens. From BoweryBoogie here:

“Mr. Leung was crossing Essex Street from east to west in a marked crosswalk with the pedestrian signal in his favor when he was struck by the bicyclist. The bicyclist was traveling southbound on Essex Street in the left travel lane and disobeyed a steady red signal at Hester Street where he struck Mr. Leung.”

The Parks Commissioner has promised to work with DOT on this bike signage.

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