As addressed in our formal appeal (Case# DOT-248593- P8N4) dated December 8, 2014, submitted to Brooklyn Borough Commissioner Bray, Councilman Levin, Assemblyman Lentol and Senator Squadron, 4tled “Re: Requesting immediate traffic safety improvements on the streets near St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy in Greenpoint, Brooklyn,” the streets surrounding SSKCA have been neglected for years and lack the traffic calming devices necessary to improve the safety of the street crossings used daily by hundreds of students traveling to school. This appeal is in response to letters received from the DOT rejecting our requests.
The following report (final#-sskca_trafficsafetyappeal_9june2015) is to help further illustrate the issues at hand and propose improvements to immediately rectify the issues to help ensure no child has to continue to risk his or her life by walking to school.
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As our community has seen an influx of development and growth over the years, traffic has increased, which has made streets more congested and dangerous. We applaud Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” plan for the City: “The City must take decisive and sustained action to reduce street fatalities each year until we have achieved “Vision Zero” – a city with zero fatalities or serious injuries caused by car crashes on the streets of New York.”
We urge you to help implement his vision by taking immediate action to improve the safety of the city streets near our school to avoid preventable traffic fatalities and serious injuries. Our proposals make sense and we will continue to appeal and fight for safer streets:
On an almost daily basis, residents of the community witness near-collisions of vehicles and pedestrians. We echo Mayor de Blasio’s proclamation, “The City must invest in dramatic safety improvements targeted towards the most dangerous intersections and thoroughfares, particularly around schools…” (Visionary Street Safety Goal, 2013, 2)
This issue is very important to our school and community. Our children and their families face an unnecessary, dangerous situation that needs to be corrected urgently. Please do not wait for a fatal accident to illustrate the danger present near our school.
As Mayor de Blasio said, “New Yorkers deserve better.”