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Ask Community Board 6 Why

June 16, 2013
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Fifth Street resident Sonya Baehr would like you to know she’s against DOT’s safety plan for Fourth Avenue, one of the borough’s deadliest streets. (Photo: The Brooklyn Paper)

If you see Sonya Baehr, who’s quoted in the Brooklyn Paper as opposing DOT’s safety plan for Fourth Avenue, please ask her if she’s aware of these facts.

  • With four fatalities in three years, Fourth Avenue tied for third place in the Tri-State Transportation Campaign’s 2010 ranking of Brooklyn’s Most Dangerous Roads. [PDF]
  • Fourth Avenue ranks second in terms of pedestrian and cyclist injuries in the area covered by the 78th Precinct, which overlaps with much of Community Board 6, based on stats from 2011 to 2013.
  • Of the 10 Streets in Park Slope with the most crashes from 2011 to 2013, Fourth Avenue ranks first, beating out Flatbush Avenue and Grand Army Plaza.  Pedestrians and cyclists represented 43% of the total injured.
  • Three of the top four intersections with the most crashes in 2011 to 2013 in the area covered by the 78th Precinct were along 4th Avenue: Union Street, 9th Street, and 3rd Street.  Not surprisingly, these are in locations where drivers can make opposing left turns.
  • At 4th Avenue and 9th Street, pedestrians and cyclists accounted for 83% of total injuries from 2011 to 2013, largely due to conflicts with drivers turning left off of Fourth Avenue and the fact that its a major transit hub for residents on both sides of the avenue.  CB6 board member James Bernard, who made the motion to reject the entire DOT safety plan, said, ““You have to take a left on Third Street and Ninth Street.
  • Of the top ten intersections with the highest number of pedestrian and cyclist injuries in Park Slope, three 4th Avenue intersections–Union Street, 9th Street, and 3rd Street–took the second, fifth, and seventh spots respectively.  Here’s James Bernard of CB6 again: “It’s ridiculous on its face to not utilize Third and Ninth [streets] when originally they were meant for increased traffic.”

And if you don’t run into Sonya Baehr, you should ask CB6 Board Members Tom Miskel, James Bernard, or Daniel Kummer instead.  Ask them why CB6 voted against a plan that would save lives.  Ask them why they did an end run around months of DOT community workshops, years of work by the Forth on Fourth Avenue committee, and the CB6 Transportation Committee.

Direct your inquires to:

Community Board 6, 250 Baltic Street
Brooklyn ,  New York 11201-6401

  1. Tyler permalink
    June 17, 2013 9:41 am

    My kids are starting at PS 118 in the fall. I am ashamed of this community board for making my kids have to cross a highway to get to school.

  2. Alex H. permalink
    June 17, 2013 2:01 pm

    Sonya Baehr is a teacher at Poly Prep in Dyker Heights. Chances are she drives on 4th Avenue every day to get to and from work. I sincerely doubt this is about safety or her being worried about extra traffic on her street. It’s about not being able to drive exactly the same way she has every day for who knows how long and adding a minute or two into her commute as a trade-off for safety. And I bet that’s true of every board member who voted against this. Shame on them all.

  3. June 17, 2013 11:09 pm

    I just sent them a forceful but polite note, inviting them to come down to my block (4th Ave and President St) and watch the drivers speeding past my intersection.

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