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Brooklyn CB 15 Asks Whether Safer Streets Are Worth 100,000 Sneezes

If you ever need a laugh but don't feel like shelling out for the two-drink minimum, you could do worse than head over to a Brooklyn CB 15 meeting. At an info session last night about plans for Brooklyn's inaugural rapid bus line, the first question out of the audience was, "How many parking spots are we going to lose in Community Board 15?" The evening spiraled into absurdity from there.

shpelfogel.jpgCB 15 member Mitchell Shpelfogel questions why pedestrian refuges should be installed to make streets safer for seniors to cross, instead of dedicated left-turn signals.
A few pieces of background before I go any further. CB 15 occupies the southeastern corner of Brooklyn -- Lew Fidler territory. Their idea of congestion relief is double-decking the Belt Parkway. At last night's info session, representatives from New York City Transit and NYCDOT explained the basics of Select Bus Service on the Nostrand Avenue corridor. As it happens, the project leaves the streets of CB 15 pretty much alone, with the service enhancements on this segment coming mainly from pre-paid fares, new low-floor buses, and signal priority for transit. Few, if any, parking spaces will be touched.

But that didn't stop the members of CB 15 from proving that real authority should be kept far, far away from the appointees who serve indefinite tenures on community boards. After the Q&A on Select Bus Service, they sank their teeth into a DOT presentation about a Safe Streets for Seniors project which promises to deliver safety enhancements like longer crossing times, sidewalk extensions, and pedestrian refuges to several intersections with histories of injury-causing crashes. Below are a few typical concerns raised by board members after each presentation.

You might think some, if not all, of these objections to safer streets and better transit were offered in a spirit of jest. I honestly can't tell whether that's the case. Read on and judge for yourself -- sincere NIMBYism, or one community board's idea of a cruel joke?

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Pedestrian Hit on Ocean Parkway at Brighton Beach Ave

Flickr pool contributor Mazaev has posted photos of the aftermath of a Monday vehicle-pedestrian collision on Ocean Parkway at Brighton Beach Avenue in Brooklyn. According to Mazaev, the victim, a woman, was hit and killed by an SUV. We could find no media reports of the incident -- though there was a hit-and-run on Ocean Parkway last night. If anyone knows anything, please share in comments.

A photo from the scene appears after the jump. Warning: it's an unsettling image.

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