Op-ed: City plan for bike lanes on McGuiness Boulevard will overwhelm local roads | #childsafety | #kids | #chldern | #parents | #schoolsafey

I founded Keep McGuinness Moving in the summer of 2022 after noticing that this project was primarily promoted on social media platforms. It seemed as though the politicians, and their associates, including the group Make McGuinness Safe, deliberately targeted a specific online audience. The strategy excluded Greenpoint residents who are not on social media, much less follow the particular groups regarding this “road diet.” When Keep McGuinness Moving canvassed the neighborhood, many residents were unaware of the proposed changes.

Those of us opposing this road diet plan genuinely care about the safety of Greenpointers, who currently enjoy peaceful residential side streets. This tranquility will be disrupted when thousands of cars and trucks are rerouted onto these local streets, as indicated by the Department of Transportation’s own figures.

DOT’s 2021 data from the height of the pandemic indicated that over 55,000 cars and trucks use McGuinness Boulevard daily. These numbers have undoubtedly increased as more people have returned to work. DOT has not conducted an updated study. Such substantial volumes of traffic will not simply vanish. Some may find alternative routes, but not all will, forcing tens of thousands of vehicles onto local side streets.

As a mother, I fear for my child’s safety every day when I push his stroller down these streets. The risk posed by bicyclists and e-bikers disregarding stop signs and red lights, which are often unenforced, is a constant concern. In June, a two-year-old was struck by an e-bike while in a stroller, requiring hospitalization. This is a widespread fear for anyone walking with seniors or children. These new bike lanes will also attract reckless scooter drivers. Who will be responsible for ensuring their compliance with traffic laws? Will the politicians and Make McGuinness Safe take on the task of policing these bike lanes? 

Our proposed solutions for improving safety and commercial access do not involve narrowing the road and adding bike lanes. We suggest a combination of measures, including red light and speed cameras, electric speed warning signs, curb extensions, rumble strips, speed bumps, traffic signal timing adjustments, additional signals at highway off-ramps, and increased police presence and enforcement to address reckless behavior by drivers and riders of various vehicles.

These solutions will address the real safety issues without these counterproductive road diet plan. Our goal is to keep everyone safe while maintaining access for all members of the neighborhood and stakeholders.

The author lives in Greenpoint and is the founder of Keep McGuinness Moving, which has the financial support of 328 businesses and unions.


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