Timeline highlighting key moments in the community-driven process to improve Prospect Park West courtesy of the group Park S;ope Neighbors:
March 2006: The Park Slope Civic Council conducts a neighborhood survey and draws 300 attendees to its annual forum. The topic is traffic and transportation. Community members identify speeding, unsafe pedestrian crossings and lack of bike access on Prospect Park West as top neighborhood concerns.
March 2007: After a series of community meetings and workshops, the Grand Army Plaza Coalition releases its report, “Rethinking Grand Army Plaza,” including suggestions for improving Prospect Park West. Within months, the Department of Transportation begins undertaking numerous community-recommended improvements on the streets and public spaces in and around Grand Army Plaza.
June 2007: As part of the resolution approving DOT’s 9th Street bike lane and “road diet” project in Park Slope, Brooklyn Community Board 6 formally requests that DOT study the implementation of a two-way protected bike path on Prospect Park West.
March 2009: Park Slope Neighbors collects over 1,300 signatures calling on DOT to make key traffic-calming improvements in the neighborhood, including a two-way protected bike path on Prospect Park West. The Park Slope Civic Council endorses the petition.
April 2009: DOT presents a concept plan for a two-way protected bike path on Prospect Park West to the Community Board transportation committee. The committee supports the concept in a unanimous vote.
May 2009: The full Community Board votes 18 to 9 in support of DOT’s proposal to install a two-way protected bike path on Prospect Park West.
April 2010: The Department of Transportation holds a community open house in Park Slope to present a plan for the redesign of Prospect Park West and to gather community feedback and input. The Park Slope Civic Council votes to endorse DOT’s plan.
June 2010: Incorporating feedback from the April meeting, DOT implements the redesign of Prospect Park West using temporary materials and begins a six-month study of the project.
December 2010: Results from a survey conducted by Council members Brad Lander, Steve Levin and Community Board 6 indicate that more than 70 percent of Park Slope residents want to keep the bike lane on Prospect Park West.
January 2011: DOT presents findings from its study to the Community Board. The study indicates that the redesign of Prospect Park West is succeeding in reducing speeding, removing cyclists from the sidewalk and reducing serious crashes and injuries to pedestrians.
March 2011: Community Board 6 hosts a public hearing to gather more community input on the Prospect Park West Project. Following the hearing, CB6’s transportation and public safety committees vote unanimously to support the bike lane and recommend ways for DOT to improve the project.
April 13, 2011: The full Community Board reaffirms its committees in another unanimous vote.
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