Spurred by last Monday morning’s fatal car crash at Atlantic Avenue and Court Street, which follows the killing of a pedestrian at Atlantic and Clinton Street in April, the Brooklyn Heights Association, along with the Willowtown Association, the Atlantic Avenue BID, the Cobble Hill Association, and the Boerum Hill Association, has issued a statement demanding “immediate and comprehensive safety measures along Atlantic Avenue.”
Atlantic Avenue is designated as a DOT Great Street and Vision Zero Priority Corridor, yet the “priority” appears to be in name only. Despite numerous calls to action, nothing has changed. How many more lives need to be lost before the City addresses the pressing need for immediate and comprehensive safety measures along Atlantic Avenue? No one should risk their lives while navigating our neighborhood streets, and it is clear that Atlantic Avenue is dangerous for all users. Although still under investigation, we do know that speeding was an essential component of this deadly crash. DOT knows how to design safe streets, yet Atlantic Avenue’s design remains lethal for drivers and pedestrians.
What the statement doesn’t note is that the car that caused last Monday’s fatal crash was speeding on Court Street when it collided with a car crossing Court on Atlantic. Perhaps some sort of traffic calming measures are needed on Court as well.