Vision ZeroThe Vision Zero initiative to reduce traffic-related fatalities has been met with mixed reviews in car-dependent neighborhoods like those in Southern Brooklyn. Many applaud the city’s intention, but share concerns that it will unfairly penalize drivers.

Now there’s an opportunity to let legislators know how you feel about various elements of the plan, and where they can do better.

There will be a town hall meeting at Brooklyn Borough Hall (209 Joralemon Street) on Tuesday, April 1, at 7 p.m., where Brooklyn residents are invited to discuss the action plan outlining how to eliminate traffic-related fatalities.

Among the initiative’s proposals is an increase in police enforcement for moving violations, implement speed and red-light cameras and reduce the citywide speed limit to 25 miles per hour. The plan also calls for closer scrutiny of accidents that result in critical injuries or death, and to re-engineer street designs to make them safer for pedestrians. You can see a more complete list of the Vision Zero proposals here.

Local pols have pushed for the opportunity to give voice to residents, hoping to collaborate on the implementation of proposals rather than have them handed down from up high.

“Nobody knows the streets in your community better than you do,” said Councilmember Chaim Deutsch in a press release. “This town hall meeting will give residents an opportunity to voice their concerns and speak out on potentially dangerous traffic locations.”

According to his release:

Community members who attend the meeting will be provided the opportunity to point out specific problem locations throughout the borough where they perceive hazards or additional safety concerns to exist. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and other city council members representing Brooklyn neighborhoods will also be in attendance.


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  • Arniethek

    The Vision Zero Action Plan calls for, among other measures, increased speeding enforcement. I’m wondering whether this will apply to our arrogant and hypocritical mayor who believes that he is exempt from speeding and other traffic regulations.

    • Supporter of Left Hand Rule

      Like Arnie The K, I despise hypocrites but overall, Vision Zero is a good goal and Mayor de Blah’s poor judgement does not invalidate it. Let us see if we can really get the lead footed drivers to slow down. My next project is to rid the world of Citibike and convince Open Wallet Schumer not to give tax breaks to this worthless contraption. Bicycles are for recreation, not transportation.

      • Kriston Lewis

        Bicycles are for recreation, not transportation.

        Maybe not for long commutes, but for shorter trips (lets say 35 mins, max), they could certainly work. It beats playing ‘Find The Parking Spot’ or my personal favorite ‘Wait Forever For the Bus’.

      • Andrew

        Bicycles are for recreation, not transportation.

        Several of my close colleagues commute to work by bike. Several others regularly use Citibike to run lunchtime errands. Apparently they find bikes useful tools for transportation. (Personally, I prefer to use the subway.)
        Come to think of it, I can’t think of a single colleague who drives to work, although some own cars that they use for weekend recreational outings. Which mode did you say is used for recreation? (Hint: Not everybody makes the same life choices as you.)

  • BrooklynBus

    I was at the meeting. They want a 20 mph speed limit on every city street. Luckily Albany will not allow it right now and I hope they never do.