29 April 2009
Reverse the Curse
Walking down 8th Avenue and reaching the corner of President this morning there was yet another traffic accident, two cars, one up on the curb, just at 8.15 am.
Cars honking, rushing to get past and muscle through the intersection at Union Street, and hundreds of families walking their kids to school and then heading off to work.
Just as many faces were cast down looking at their iPhones and Blackberries as those looking to see if anyone was hurt. One tow truck driver broke at least three laws barreling through the mess trying to get to wherever HE wanted to go. The unabated selfishness among some "citizens" of this city is truly incomprehensible.
Luckily there is SOMETHING we can do.
I have petitions in my office and plan on tabling with them over the next few days called "Reverse the Curse." Sponsored by Park Slope Neighbors, Reverse the Curse seeks to petition Janette Sadik-Khan, Commissioner, NYC Department of Transportation, to restore TWO-WAY traffic patterns to 8th Avenue and Prospect Park West. As a moral neighborhood issue where every year deaths or serious injuries occur because lawless driving on these two thoroughfares, we are obligated to do something. And slowing down traffic would help.
Here is what you can do:
1. Write the Commissioner and let her know how you feel.
2. Come in and sign the petition, come take some and get them signed yourself. But please help.
This is how the world gets changed: one street at a time.