Petition for safer routes to Brooklyn Bridge Park/Pier 6

A petition calling on the NYC Department of Transportation to move immediately to make routes to Pier 6 of Brooklyn Bridge Park safer for pedestrians.

With the return of spring, large numbers of families from Cobble Hill, the Columbia Waterfront, and Brooklyn Heights are once again walking to Brooklyn Bridge Park. Unfortunately, they have to get there via Atlantic Avenue and Columbia Street, past entrances to the BQE -- routes that are not safe enough for pedestrians.

The opening of Pier 6 provided a wonderful new playground option for neighborhood Heights residents, and has attracted visitors from across the city. However, despite decades of planning for the park, DOT was unprepared for the new pedestrian foot traffic. When it opened last June, many local residents and elected officials requested that DOT make safety improvements to the main streets leading to and from the park (Columbia Street, Atlantic Avenue, and Joralemon Street). DOT made a few minor signage adjustments, but by themselves they are deeply insufficient. At that time, DOT agreed to study and propose more significant changes.

Unfortunately, 9 months later, with the new park season upon us, no new solutions have been presented. We are concerned that solutions will be too late for this spring & summer, when tens of thousands of pedestrians need them.

We call on the NYC Department of Transportation to move immediately to make these routes to the park safer for pedestrians.

The Undersigned
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