‘Something needs to be done’: Dyker Heights lawmakers and activists demand improved traffic safety

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Dyker Heights residents want to put the brakes on car crashes and reckless driving. After Southern Brooklyn saw three collisions last weekend, state Sen. Andrew Gounardes and Councilman Justin Brannan joined local activists in demanding that the city Department of Transportation act fast.

“Community members have been raising a red flag about traffic safety in this area for years now,” Gounardes said at a June 8 press conference. “We call on DOT to do everything in their power to stop these preventable traffic collisions.”

Brannan believes the recent crashes prove that action must be taken.

“Clearly, something needs to be done. We don’t have time to wait for more studies when people’s lives are on the line,” he said. “Whether it’s more speed bumps, more enforcement, traffic lights, flashing beacon lights, stop signs — whatever it is, we need to exhaust every option and put everything on the table. The streets of Dyker Heights need attention immediately and we need to make these streets safer for everyone. Life can’t wait.”

Dyker Heights residents complained about speeding drivers and a lack of traffic lights, stop signs, or law enforcement in the neighborhood, particularly on 10th and 11th avenues between 75th and 85th streets.

“People are becoming being badly injured,” said Denise Cangemi, a community activist.

Standing around her, some attendees carried signs that read, “Drive like your kids live here.”

“Hearing the frequent sound of automobiles collide is a reminder of how those who can do something about this issue aren’t doing anything at all,” Cangemi said.

Community Board 10’s district manager joined the fight for safer streets, citing an emphasis on protecting the neighborhood, particularly its youngest and oldest residents.

“We stand with neighbors who are seeking to make this area safer for all users of the roadway, especially its seniors and young children who cross 10th and 11th avenues everyday,” Josephine Beckmann said. “We request the Department of Transportation to prioritize this study in light of recent crashes, ask the local precinct to help enforce speeding and urge all users of the roadway to be diligent.”

Reach reporter Rose Adams at or by calling (718) 260–8306.
Updated 12:32 pm, June 12, 2019
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Local from Here says:
No one is fooled by this AstroTurf campaign bouncing around the car hating fanatics echo chamber. Everyone outside your bubble is laughing at your fake outrage.
June 11, 2019, 10:57 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Attach lasers to all the stray cats to handle enforcement.
June 11, 2019, 11:09 am
John from Bay Ridge says:
What about Bay Ridge? It’s a circus with driver misconduct in Bay Ridge, and the 68th Prec ignores it. Justin is very good at identifying problems, let’s see him solve some.
June 11, 2019, 11:29 am
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All the recent articles here about motorists killing themselves and others, lawmakers and activists have a very valid point. Enough pandering to the frothing at the mouth car lobby. When motorists learn to behave, then you can have your streets back. Until then, suck it up!
June 11, 2019, 12:07 pm
bike mike from Kensington says:
Solution- Ticket cyclists and make sure they have a bell and register bikes. they "almost" hit me and I am scared. Neighborhood is against bike lanes and common sense approaches. Bodies will continue to pile up. Driver Stayed on Scene, No criminality suspected, NYPD Crash Dept is doing an investigation.
June 11, 2019, 12:22 pm
Florence Lesbona from Park Slope says:
The problem is all of these immigrant drivers. Mexican livery cabs, Chinese delivery trucks, etc. they don’t know how to drive.
June 11, 2019, 12:32 pm
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??????Look at this bigot??????
June 11, 2019, 12:47 pm
Frank from Furter says:
law enforcement is not a DOT issue
June 11, 2019, 1:03 pm
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I hate to disappoint you, but rubber lips are immune to your charms.
June 11, 2019, 1:24 pm
Jimmy says:
It is good to see our local politicians paying attention to Dyker Heights. Vinny Gentille and Martin Golden ignored our area. Brennan and Gardonick are doing good things.
June 11, 2019, 3:03 pm
???? ????? ???? from ??? ????? says:
My rubber fist is tearing up my insides. My b-ho looks like a rosebud.
June 11, 2019, 3:42 pm
Susan Rosenfeld from Sheepshead Bay says:
To Florence Lesbona, The overwhelming majority of dangerous drivers in Brooklyn are native born Brooklynites. The fatal accidents in the last two months were not caused by any immigrant drivers. In fact, they are much more cautious than the rest of us. We are not car hating fanatics, we despise reckless drivers of which there are too many. One opened a car door in Boro Park without looking if anyone was coming a young man on a bicycle was killed.
June 12, 2019, 8:39 am
Peter from Diker Heights says:
The second crash on 17th Ave in BP was not, but the one few weeks before on 17th Ave and 47th St where a Chinease box truck driver just run over a cyclist certainly was. If something, it shows that drivers, regardless of place of origin, are equally murderous on our 20th century infrastructure with no traffic enforcement and no DOT investment in improvements. It also proves that the community boards in South Brooklyn exist to make sure that this will not change.
June 12, 2019, 3:48 pm

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