In response to the death of 33 year-old Greenpoint cyclist Solange Raulston in a crash this weekend, Transportation Alternatives and NAG are calling for long-overdue safety improvements to the intersection of Nassau Avenue and McGuiness Boulevard. Raulston, a Greenpoint resident and well known DJ, was struck by a truck while cycling westbound on Nassau Avenue last Saturday.
Between 1995 and 2005, there were 34 crashes involving bicyclists or pedestrians at this intersection, and two fatalities, making it the most dangerous intersection in North Brooklyn. The Department of Design and Construction is using federal stimulus funds to reconstruct Nassau Avenue along most of its length by 2012, but safety improvements to the intersection with McGuiness Boulevard are not a significant feature of the plan.
T.A. and NAG are calling for additional traffic calming measures that take into account the high number of pedestrians, cyclists and trucks that traverse the intersection, including:
- Extend the curbs into the street on all corners to slow turning vehicles and shorten crossings for pedestrians
- Install wider refuge medians on McGuiness Boulevard
- Open sight lines at all corners by removing one parking spot on each corner of McGuiness Boulevard
- Give more walk time to pedestrians crossing McGuiness Boulevard
“Seldom does a week pass without flowers being laid in someone’s memory at this dangerous crossing,” says Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives. “No one should underrate the necessity of making the most dangerous intersection in North Brooklyn safer. Now is the time for the City to act.”
“The North Brooklyn community has long been asking the City to make safety improvements at this hazardous intersection,” said Lacey Tauber, Chair of NAG’s Transportation Working Group. “This tragic incident is a grim reminder that the City needs to rethink its street designs to give priority to the most vulnerable users. We ask the City to address the community’s concerns as quickly as possible, before another tragedy occurs here.”