Would You Like to See a “Slow Zone” Around McGolrick Park?

by Ryan Watson on

How many times have you been walking through the neighborhood and seen a car recklessly accelerating down a residential street? Wouldn’t you like to see the residential areas surrounding our parks safer for children and residents? The Department of Transportation (DOT) is currently accepting applications from local residents to implement “slow zones” in areas around the city. What is Neighborhood Slow Zone you might ask? DOT defines the program:

“Neighbor Slow Zones are a community-based program that reduces the speed limit from 30 mph to 20 mph and adds safety measures within a select area in order to change driver behavior. The ultimate goal of the Neighborhood Slow Zone program is to lower the incidence and severity of crashes. Slow Zones also seek to enhance quality of life by reducing cut-through traffic and traffic noise in residential neighborhoods.”

Proposed Neighborhood Slow Zone around McGolrick Park.

If you are in support of implementing this program in Greenpoint consider signing this Change.org petition to create a Neighborhood Slow Zone surrounding McGolrick Park. The proposal suggests creating the zone between the BQE, McGuinness Boulevard, Nassau Avenue and Van Dam Street. The application for the zone must be submitted to DOT by May 31, 2013.

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Ryan Watson

Ryan Watson

Originally from Los Angeles, Ryan is a relatively new but very proud resident of Greenpoint. He was drawn to Greenpoint by the strong sense of community and history of local activism. Ryan can be found at North Brooklyn Farms, the urban farm at the Domino Sugar Factory, which he co-founded or working in the 61 Franklin Street Community Garden.