We would like to create a "Slow Zone" around the area of McGolrick Park
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NYC Department of Transportation

We would like to create a "Slow Zone" around the area of McGolrick Park

    1. Petition by

      McGolrick Park families and friends

The NYC DOT is currently accepting applications from communities to have Slow Zones implemented in appropriate locations throughout the city. A group of parents in the vicinity of McGolrick Park are working on a request for a Slow Zone in our neighborhood, but to be successful we must show that you support it!

The DOT writes of the program,
"Neighborhood Slow Zones are a community-based program that reduces the speed limit from 30 mph to 20 mph and adds safety measures within a select area in order to change driver behavior. The ultimate goal of the Neighborhood Slow Zone program is to lower the incidence and severity of crashes. Slow Zones also seek to enhance quality of life by reducing cut-through traffic and traffic noise in residential neighborhoods."

Additional information is available on their website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/about/slowzones.shtml

Based on the DOT's requirements for the borders of Slow Zones, we are suggesting our Slow Zone be located between the BQE, McGuinness Boulevard, Nassau Avenue, and Van Dam Street.

This meets the basic criteria:
- It is a self-contained area surrounded by strong boundaries.
- It is composed of local, residential streets which will not become overly congested by a Slow Zone.

We believe the streets around McGolrick Park are an ideal location for a Slow Zone. The area has significant foot traffic, especially young children and the elderly walking between the (2) schools, the park, grocery store, and multiple churches within the zone, yet we are continually faced with drivers racing along the park and large trucks taking illegal short-cuts through our neighborhood. A Slow Zone would be an appropriate and welcome response to these hazards.

The DOT creates Slow Zones in response to applications from communities and each application must document support from local 'stakeholders'. We need signatures now to show to the Community Board Transportation Committee on April 16th. With their support we can submit the final application to the DOT by the May 31st deadline.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Schuyler Allen BROOKLYN, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      We need to provide a safe park environment for Greenpoint kids and pedestrians.

    • Stelios Kyriakides NEW YORK, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      Families, children, the elderly.

      • about 1 year ago

      Because I have two young children who have to cross the street every day to get to the park.

    • Emmanuel Cris BROOKLYN, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      Hello. I live, with my wife and two daughters (aged 4 and 2) at 227A Nassau Avenue -directly across from the McGorlick park, Greenpoint. At this point Nassau Avenue runs perpendicular to North Henry Street which lies directly opposite the park's entrance. It is fair to say that a good number of people -including a large number of elderly and children cross the street directly at this point. Stop signs DO exist at the ends of the park block (that is to say at Russel and Monitor intersections with Nassau Avenue, but not at the park's entrance with the intersection of North Henry. Habit appears to indicate that very few (if any) residents North of the park headed to schools or the farmer's market in the direct vicinity of the North Henry intersection cross at the stop signs to the east or west of them. Instead they cross (or more accurately jay-walk directly across Nassau at North Henry -a point at which cars (unrestricted by a stop sign, zebra crossing or other indicators accelerate rather than reduce their speed). This is but an isolated incident (located at high-volume crossing zone) that I can describe personally and attest to. There exists in general -along all of the proposed zone- a disregard by certain motorists for the highly residential nature of the community and especially the number of elderly and children put at risk. A combination of speed-reducing measures, a re-visiting of stop sign and speed-curbing measures I believe is merited and I strongly endorse this petition and its passage. Thank you.

    • Dawn OrnelasDawnO BROOKLYN, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      222 monitor st. Vehicles move much too fast on my portion of monitor, which is the block before the park, as well. Please, please, please install speed bumps or whatever will help keep speeding drivers in check.


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