Squadron Announces Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill Traffic Safety Measures

Responding to requests by community groups regarding pedestrian concerns at local traffic intersections, NYS Senator Daniel Squadron petitioned the NYC Department of Transportation to install Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPIs) where Hicks Street and Atlantic Avenue cross as well as at the intersection of Congress, Bergen, and Court Streets. Following is a press release issued today by Senator Squadron’s staff.

At the request of State Senator Daniel Squadron, a Leading Pedestrian Interval (LPI) is currently being implemented by the city Department of Transportation (DOT) at the intersection of Hicks Street and Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. This follows the successful implementation, earlier in the summer, of another LPI at the intersection of Congress, Bergen, and Court Streets, requested by Senator Squadron, the Cobble Hill Association, and Brooklyn Community Boards 2 and 6. This LPI is in the vicinity of several schools, including the Brooklyn Heights Montessori School and the Brooklyn Preschool of Science.

‘Nothing is better than a walk around the neighborhood, and now whether crossing Court Street or heading to Brooklyn Bridge Park, it’s going to be safer and more comfortable than ever before,’ said State Senator Daniel Squadron. ‘I thank the DOT for heeding our call to improve these difficult crossings. I look forward to continuing to work with them, Community Boards 2 & 6, and community groups to keep making our neighborhoods safer and more livable.’

Leading Pedestrian Intervals give pedestrians a 3-5 second walk signal before a traffic light turns green for vehicles. This allows pedestrians a chance to begin crossing the street before vehicles make turns across the crosswalk, and can cut down on potential injuries at crowded intersections.

PHOTO CREDIT: New York State Senate

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  • Jorale-man

    Good to hear. The Hicks and Atlantic intersection he mentions is an accident waiting to happen. Speed bumps on Hicks and Clinton should be considered as next steps (and I believe they may be, according to a report here earlier this year).

  • Quinn Raymond

    Excellent. Thank you!

  • stuart

    My goodness that man has a lot of big teeth.

  • Heights Observer

    Since all the streets are in Cobble Hill, why does the headline say Brooklyn Heights?

  • GHB

    That’s what you got out of this? Big teeth? Idiot!

  • Ksenia

    Where is LPI for Clinton and Atlantic? Or left turn arrow from Atlantic on to Clinton? It is one of the most dangerous crossings in the neighborhood. Speed bumps on Henry, Clinton and Hicks are a must too.

  • martinlschneider

    In our daily lives, we read about and observe careless and impatient drivers making turns, cutting corners, honking horns and endangering pedestrians. And even hitting them.

    Perhaps the Senator could go a big step further. Consider the huge numbers of pedestrians on Court Street, at risk every day streaming this way and that. Any day from say, 11:00 to 3:00 PM. Then think about our masses of policemen. Then ask why we cant have a uniform at one or two or more of these corners? Wouldn’t that slow the pace? Wouldn’t that make a statement about safe conduct much more effectively that tweaking the traffic light?

  • stuart

    senile old geezer!

  • Guest Post

    The corner of Hicks and Atlantic is in BH — on one side of Atlantic.

  • Bialy

    I hope they dont put a speedbump in front of homes. Thats a lot of noise with the banging and then accelerating in the middle of the block. These are through streets. Just let them be as they have been since the 1800s.