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Bumps in the road for Windsor Terrace, Greenwood Heights

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There are five bumpy roads ahead for Windsor Terrace and Greenwood Heights.

Community Board 7 voted on Wednesday in favor of requests by residents for speed bumps on Ocean Parkway between Caton and Kermit places, 21st Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues and Fifth and Sixth avenues, and Sixth Avenue between 21st and 22nd streets and 22nd and 23rd streets.

“It’s about safety,” said Sam Sierra, chair of the board’s transportation committee, who backed all pleas for the traffic-calming lumps. “When you have families coming here in support of them and speaking about safety, how can we say no to our neighbors who wish to keep safe on our streets?”

Residents say that without the speed deterrent bumps reckless lead-footed drivers will continue to treat their blocks like raceways.

“We need something to slow the traffic down and this may be the solution,” said board member and Kermit Place resident George Bissell.

The speed bumps are only the latest traffic-calming measure in Greenwood Heights. where residents want to cut the speed limit from 30 to 20 miles per hour on a five-block stretch of Sixth Avenue that is without any stop signs or traffic lights.

The Department of Transportation has already conducted separate studies for each of the proposed speed bumps and deemed them all “feasible,” according to CB7 district manager Jeremy Laufer. The agency required the approval of CB7 before it moves forward with their installation.

But not all of the proposed speed bumps got the rubber-stamp: the push for a speed bump on 18th Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues never made it to the full board because opponents were fearful of noise and the impact vehicles would have on the pipes below the street when they roll over the bump too fast.

The request for a traffic-calming lump on 11th Avenue between Prospect Avenue and Sherman Street was tabled after a resident raised the concern that the street is made of landfill.

“It’s not like it’s a leveled street. The street is wavy,” said Sierra, who added that the Department of Transportation will figure out how to address the issue. “The fear is that if they put the speed bump there, it will shake the foundation of the houses even more so because the street is landfill.”

Reach reporter Natalie Musumeci at nmusumeci@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her at twitter.com/souleddout.

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ty from pps says:
"Ocean Parkway between Caton and Kermit places"

So, just for the first half of this speedway? Nothing for the cars that will then re-accelerate to 45 around the blind turn?
April 18, 2013, 11:54 am
ty from pps says:
(Don't get me wrong, this is a great step in the right direction... maybe the NYPD can take up the slack at the other end and actually ticket speeders.)
April 18, 2013, 11:55 am
Resident from PPSW says:
How about some speed bumps on Prospect Park SW? The cars and trick zoom down that block. Especially by 10th Avenue where there isn't even a traffic light to slow things down.
April 18, 2013, 12:54 pm
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
John Wasserman here. I just wanted to point out that my home is quite shaky as it stands. Having said that, I do appreciate the gesture. Safety must always come first and foremost. But these lumps of calm shall affect my home. I would hate for the hair dryer to fall into the bathtub, for instance. I hope you don't mind my saying so.
April 18, 2013, 1:14 pm
ty from pps says:
Resident -- I completely agree with you... You just have to look at the Bartel-Pritchard traffic circle to see the "caliber" of drivers we're dealing with.

The DOT basically had to make the circle completely idiot-proof with bollards and barriers because the geniuses driving on our streets don't know it's not a good idea to take a right turn from the extreme center (i.e., left lane) of the traffic circle.

Same at the bottom of the hill... high-speed idiots turning onto Coney Island Avenue from the far left lane... there are 4 lanes. How these idiots think that taking a right from the leftmost lane is appropriate is beyond me -- never mind that they pull this crap at 40 mph.
April 18, 2013, 2:17 pm
Eli from wt says:
PPSW is a bus route so I doubt there will be speed bumps. But there are other ways to calm traffic that I would like to see on that street.
April 21, 2013, 11:32 pm
Marc from Windsor Terrace says:
There are a couple of things that DOT should be doing but, for reasons unknown, seems to do only in rare situations.

First, DOT needs to lower the speed limit on some streets, especially narrow streets, from 30 to 25. This never comes up in the discussion of speeding and safety. Van Brunt Street is signed for 25. So are a bunch of winding streets in Staten Island. Why not Sixth Avenue, the Ocean Parkway service roads, and most narrow side streets?

Second, DOT should assess the timing of traffic signals to ensure that they are not inadvertently timed to allow cars that speed to make a series of green lights. There are a number of streets where the lights seem to be timed for cars going 35 or 40 to make successive green signals including southbound PPSW between 11th Avenue and 16th Street and northbound PPSW between Greenwood and Vanderbilt.
April 27, 2013, 11:12 am
Marc from Windsor Terrace says:
Regarding the 11th Avenue speed bump, perhaps the street should have painted lanes and be narrrowed with striping. The street is a problem beginning at 19th Street, with drivers shifting from lane to lane and not knowing where to be to turn and where to go straight. It is too wide and has too much traffic not to have marked lanes. I put in a 311 request that the lanes be marked but never even got a response rejecting the it.
April 27, 2013, 11:19 am

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