An example of a proposed curb extension

The Department of Transportation is rolling out a new program to create safer streets for senior citizens across the city, with swaths of the Sheepshead Bay area planned as a test area.

DOT representative Hillary Poole presented details of the project to Community Board 15, following a presentation regarding Bus Rapid Transit / Select Bus Service on the Nostrand Avenue corridor. The Community Board will discuss the issue at their meeting next Tuesday, May 25, at 7 p.m. in the Kingsborough Faculty Dining Room.

The initiative identified areas of concentrated senior citizen populations throughout the city, and also considered data regarding accidents and pedestrian fatalities. Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend and Midwood have clusters of senior citizen residents, and a number of dangerous intersections are targeted for improvements through the program.

Among the proposed changes to increase safety are pedestrian refuges in major avenues (which will be landscaped), extended curbs to improve visibility, and longer traffic signals to accommodate slower walking. They will also ban left turns in some locations to make crossing streets safer.

The majority of the improvements target Ocean Avenue between Gravesend Neck Road and Avenue T, and Coney Island Avenue between Avenue U and Avenue T. (For a list of site-specific improvements, view the pdf after the jump).

During the Monday meeting, a number of board members expressed concern regarding the pedestrian islands. They say the island created at Coney Island Avenue and Brighton Beach Avenue has caused traffic pileups and made the situation more dangerous. The landscaping was also a concern, for fear that trees would limit visibility and falling leaves would make the road slippery in the fall.

Below is a pdf of the DOT’s Sheepshead Bay-area presentation:

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  • jim

    They're trying to reinvent the wheel. Extended sidewalks, like the one illustrated, make it difficult for large vehicles to make turns without going on the sidewalk, potentially hitting people who are not standing back. Recently we have seen how much fun the new islands can make at Gerritsen & Ave. U, where one made a car flip over. These things are dangerous, bad ideas.

  • nolastname

    Gee, Nostrand Ave from x-z is a problem. That Island is a safety zone and the turn on Z is vicious.

  • Local Broker

    The island on BBA and CIA was a real bad idea and not necessary at all. It really does create more traffic.

  • BrooklynBus

    Actually the one on Coney Island Avenue isn't bad. It's the one on BBA that's the problem which I assume is the one you are referring to.

    The problem is they never should have closed the eastbound lane to traffic which was Weiner's idea (where's his traffic engineering degree?). The queuing space space on the short block between Bri 11 and CIA is insufficient and the traffic signals are not synchronized so there always is a back-up. I've also seen traffic agents giving tickets at Brighton 11th for blocking the intersection which is a necessity at times if you ever want to get through. I've also seen cars coming south on Coney Island Avenue turning into BBA, pull into the right lane to avoid blocking the intersection and cops coming out and ticketing them also for making a left turn from the right lane. Even if you try to do the right thing you get in trouble. Are you just supposed to sit there for three cycles to make a left turn because of that island?

    The intersection has only gotten worse since the building of that island and the elimination of the Barnes Dance.

  • Local Broker

    I said BBA and its at the Corner of CIA , its the only one that creates traffic. I didnt want to get into the details but you covered it pretty well. Now how do we get rid of it.

  • BrooklynBus

    How to get rid of it is a hard question. DOT can be just as stubbirn as the MTA. They think they have all the answers but really know very little. All I can suggest is to speak with Community Board 13 or the Brighton BID. Elected officials are useless when it comes to things like this.

  • http://www.njluxurymotors.com Arthur Borko

    Again with this fucking bullshit. STOP RUINING MY CITY YOU FUCKING MORONS!

    All you're doing is creating a more dangerous driving situation and congestion and more pollution.

  • BrooklynBus

    Did you hear, now our BP has announced a plan to screw up 4th Avenue with “traffic calming” and renaming it Brooklyn Boulevard (when it is not even a boulevard) . What are they going to do — remove the extra traffic lanes that were created in the 1970s to increase traffic capacity and replace them with bike lanes?

  • BrooklynBus

    Did you hear, now our BP has announced a plan to screw up 4th Avenue with “traffic calming” and renaming it Brooklyn Boulevard (when it is not even a boulevard) . What are they going to do — remove the extra traffic lanes that were created in the 1970s to increase traffic capacity and replace them with bike lanes?

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