Group says E. Williamsburg streets unsafe for pedestrians
by Sarah Iannone
Dec 17, 2013 | 3006 views | 1 1 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Community Board 1 meeting
Community Board 1 meeting
Members of Transportation Alternatives (TA) are convinced there is a serious pedestrian safety issue at hand in East Williamsburg.

The group is working to address street safety in the neighborhood, mapping fatalities and injuries at accident-prone spots. Following a recent study, TA found that nearly 50 percent of vehicles fail to yield to pedestrians.

Metropolitan Avenue in particular is one of the most dangerous areas, TA representatives told members of Community Board 1 at its monthly meeting last week at the Swingin' 60’s Senior Center on Ainslie St.

"We want the community to be involved to point out the problems and potential solutions," TA member Jeff Csicsek told the board.

Other "hot spots" include Marcy, Meeker and Graham avenues, as well as the roadway under the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

Michelle Zirpoli, who spends her days working at La Bella Mariella Pizza II, located on the corner of Havemayer Street and Metropolitan Avenue, said she sees the safety issue on a daily basis.

"It's a horrible place to cross over there," Zirpoli said. “I think they need to put in an extra light or something. It's most definitely not safe.”

TA's Brooklyn Activist Committee has been holding events to raise awareness to pedestrian safety issues in the area, and so far 1,200 people have signed the group’s petition calling for safer streets.

"We are using a grassroots voice to tell the public what needs to be heard," Csicsek said. "This is an urgent problem and the best solutions come from the ground up. The hope is that public forums will be convened and infrastructure will be improved.”

TA will be presenting more information on the issue at the Brooklyn Activist Committee meeting next Thursday, Dec. 20, at the YWCA located at 30 3rd Ave. in Boerum Hill.

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December 18, 2013
Great initiative. Finally people living in the neighborhood are heard.