Petition Closed

UPDATE: We reached our goal of 1,000 signatures!  In addition to the online signatures, we recieved nearly 600 hardcopy petition signatures.  Thank you for your support.  All the signatures will be sent to the agencies with the power to make Park Avenue safer.

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The traffic on Park Avenue is bad for our neighborhood - it's dangerous, fast, and loud. But we can fix Park Avenue by transforming it from a speedway to a neighborhood street. By signing this petition, you'll tell these agencies you want action now! View the full report at http://www.myrtleavenue.org/ParkAvenueSafetyPlan.pdf. Here's a summary of the proposals:

Sitewide Interventions:
Retime Traffic Lights to Slow Park Avenue Traffic
Add Bus Bulbs at Key Boarding Stops
Add Street Trees
Daylight Intersections
Repave and Restripe Parking Areas
Add Additional Signage
Add Additional Lighting
Introduce Median Parking
Increase Enforcement
Improve Sanitation Conditions
Repair Leaking Downspouts
Recapture Stormwater Through Green Infrastructure

Intersection Treatments:
Install stop signs at parking area exits
Add curb extensions that calm traffic and reduce pedestrian crossing distance
Create left turn lanes at three key intersections
Build raised crosswalks over parking area entrances
Pedestrianize key parking area entrances

Navy/Park Intersection:
Close slip lanes to calm traffic and improve safety
Protect sidewalk from illegally parked cars

Ingersoll/Commodore Barry Superblocks:
Add two crosswalks and traffic lights to this 4-block speedway

“The Crossover” at Grand-Steuben:
Eliminate this highway-like design
Reconfigure Grand Avenue as through street
Add traffic light and crosswalks

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Project Background

Using input and suggestions gathered at community workshops, the Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project (MARP), in collaboration with Architecture for Humanity New York (AFHNY), has developed a set of recommendations to improve pedestrian safety on Park Avenue in the Wallabout area of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, between Navy and Steuben Streets. These proposals were developed with guidance from an Advisory Committee, made up of representatives from local block associations, tenants associations, residential developments, community-based organizations, city agencies and other stakeholders. The overarching goals of the interventions proposed here are to improve pedestrian safety and calm vehicular traffic, creating a safer neighborhood corridor for residents and visitors.

Letter to
NYC Depts. of Transportation, Sanitation and Parks & Recreation; NYS DOT
I want Park Avenue to be safer, cleaner and greener, and I support the proposals made in the Park Avenue Pedestrian Safety Plan! I just signed a petition to support the following proposals included in the plan:

Sitewide Interventions:
Retime Traffic Lights to Slow Park Avenue Traffic
Add Bus Bulbs at Key Boarding Stops
Add Street Trees
Daylight Intersections
Repave and Restripe Parking Areas
Add Additional Signage
Add Additional Lighting
Introduce Median Parking
Increase Enforcement
Improve Sanitation Conditions
Repair Leaking Downspouts
Recapture Stormwater Through Green Infrastructure

Intersection Treatments:
Install stop signs at parking area exits
Add curb extensions that calm traffic and reduce pedestrian crossing distance
Create left turn lanes at three key intersections
Build raised crosswalks over parking area entrances
Pedestrianize key parking area entrances

Navy/Park Intersection:
Close slip lanes to calm traffic and improve safety
Protect sidewalk from illegally parked cars

Ingersoll/Commodore Barry Superblocks:
Add two crosswalks and traffic lights to this 4-block speedway

“The Crossover” at Grand-Steuben:
Eliminate this highway-like design
Reconfigure Grand Avenue as through street
Add traffic light and crosswalks

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Project Background:

A 17-block stretch of Park Avenue between Navy Street and Steuben Street crosses through the Wallabout area of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill in Brooklyn, with the elevated Brooklyn-Queens Expressway running directly above it. In the census tracts just north and south of Park Avenue, there are approximately 12,000 residents, six schools, three parks, and numerous retail and light-industrial businesses, as well as various other community facilities like hospitals and churches. Despite these characteristics that commonly describe a residential, pedestrian neighborhood, Park Avenue is often thought of as a ‘throughway’, dominated by four lanes of fast-moving car traffic around a 300+ space parking area. The latter elements have created environmental, travel and sanitation conditions that are unsafe for the many school children, seniors, bus riders and others residents that use Park Avenue daily.

Using input and suggestions gathered at community workshops, the Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project (MARP), in collaboration with Architecture for Humanity New York (AFHNY), has developed a set of recommendations to improve pedestrian safety on Park Avenue in the Wallabout area of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, between Navy and Steuben Streets. These proposals were developed with guidance from an Advisory Committee, made up of representatives from local block associations, tenants associations, residential developments, community-based organizations, city agencies and other stakeholders. The overarching goals of the interventions proposed here are to improve pedestrian safety and calm vehicular traffic, creating a safer neighborhood corridor for residents and visitors. The Park Avenue Pedestrian Safety Plan is available at www.myrtleavenue.org.

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Sincerely,