We petition the Staten Island Department of Transportation to make Grymes Hill and Howard Avenue a safer space for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers. The high volume of fast-moving traffic and lack of crosswalks, sidewalks, etc. have made it a dangerous place; most tragically, a hit-and-run driver struck and killed Wagner College student R. J. Tillman while he was bicycling on Howard Avenue on February 12, 2012. Grymes Hill is a neighborhood, with four academic campuses. It should not be an automobile speedway. Please make it a priority to ensure the safety of all who are traveling in this area.
The Grymes Hill area of Staten Island is a lovely neighborhood with gracious homes, incredible harbor views, and four academic campuses ranging from the elementary to the college level. Yet, it has become an automobile speedway and a cut-through for drivers avoiding main arteries with more traffic lights. Combined with the neighborhood's hills and curves, lack of crosswalks and sidewalks, this situation has produced dangerous roads for pedestrians and cyclists. Most tragically, a hit-and-run driver struck and killed Wagner College student R. J. Tillman while he was bicycling on Howard Avenue on February 12, 2012. Therefore, I am asking you to implement traffic-calming measures that will promote safety for all travelers.
I know that you, Mr. Cocola, are concerned about the needs on Grymes Hill, and that you Ms. Sadik-Khan, are a great advocate of bicycling in the city. Grymes Hill provides a great opportunity to create a showpiece for a "complete streets" approach that facilitates walking and biking as means of transportation. It makes sense, and it can save lives.
Thank you very much for your attention to this matter.