Brooklyn,NY The New York City Department of transportation will be installing speed bumps on 21 st Ave 57 St and other streets along 21 st Ave mid August 2017. Neighbors have been complaining for years about the lack of traffic safety in the area. Dozens of school children board school busses and are dropped off daily on 21 St Ave.
Gifteringotham media highlighted this traffic safety problem after a girl was seriously injured in 2014. There were many official complaints about speeding vehicles, drivers passing school bus stop signs to city officials dating back to 2009.
NYS Assemblyman Dov Hikind became aware of the situation and had a meeting with NYC DOT officials in December 2016 and learned from DOT officials they would be putting speed bumps along 21 St Ave.
Hikind praised Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Trottenberg for their “incredible response” to the community’s safety concerns after the meeting.
The crosswalk improvements are slated for 21st Avenue at 57th Street, 21st Avenue at 58th Street, and 17th Avenue at 57th Street, featuring “yield to pedestrian” traffic signage, confirmed the DOT.
A total of 40 injuries from traffic crashes have been recorded at those intersections combined between 2010 and 2017, according to data compiled by the Vision Zero Review.
There were also two traffic related deaths on 21st Avenue. One at 63rd Street and one at 62nd Street according to city records.
Last week NYC Councilman David Greenfield issued a press release about the upcoming safety measures: