When we told you last month about the interactive Vision Zero map the Department of Transportation launched, there were just a few user-created bubbles identifying local traffic safety issues in our area. There’s a bunch more now, which we’ll take full credit for, but our neighborhood still pales in comparison to the contributions of northern Brooklyn neighborhoods and Bay Ridge.
C’mon, guys. Are we really going to let Bay Ridge and Fort Greene hog all that DOT attention? No way!
Fortunately, there’s still some time to share our complaints. Neighbors have until July 31 to add intersection-specific concerns.
Overall, the map has received more than 7,500 tips from around the five boroughs. The information will be used for traffic planning to ease congestion and make streets safer for everybody – drivers, pedestrians and cyclists, alike. From a DOT statement:
Input is vital, especially from those familiar with local traffic conditions and people’s behavior. The comments will be used to shape robust borough-specific traffic safety plans that will guide future work as part of Mayor de Blasio’s goal to eliminate traffic fatalities.
To add a complaint to the map, click this link, zoom in to the area, and click on an intersection as identified by white bubbles. The map will then split to a street view, and in the bottom left there’s a button that says “Share an issue.” Click that, and fill out the form that pops up.
That’s it! The tool lets you share concerns about a host of issues, from speeding and red-light running, to bad biker behavior, and intersections where it just takes too darn long to cross the street.
Remember, as in all things city government-related, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. And we like grease. So squeak away.