About two weeks ago, representatives from the New York City Department of Transportation met with Community Board 9 to present a proposal for the restructuring Eastern Parkway, whereby right turns from the parkways’ central lanes onto side streets will be severely restricted.
The alleged purpose of this change would be to enhance the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists on the parkway’s medians, but opponents worry that these changes will further exacerbate the traffic problems already plaguing Crown Heights’ main artery.
One community board member who was at the meeting told CrownHeights.info that he felt that the DOT’s presentation was just for show, and that the members’ thoughts on the subject didn’t matter. He said committee members requested that engineers from the DOT meet with them to discuss possible alternatives, but these requests fell on deaf ears.
“I feel that the city is heavily favoring the newcomers to our community, who are more likely to be riding bicycles, and completely ignoring the longtime residents of the neighborhood, for whom traffic congestion is a serious issue,” an attendee at the meeting said.
CrownHeights.info has obtained a copy of the PowerPoint presented by the DOT on the proposal, which we share with our readers below.
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