Councilmembers Call for Pedestrian Safety Improvements Along Belt Parkway in Southern Brooklyn

Councilmembers Call for Pedestrian Safety Improvements Along Belt Parkway in Southern Brooklyn
Council Member Mark Treyger of the 47th District (Photo via Council Member Treyger’s Office)

BATH BEACH – Continuing his crusade for pedestrian safety in the wake of the October 31st vehicle-based terror attack in Tribeca, Councilmember Mark Treyger is now calling for additional barricades along the Belt Parkway in Bath Beach.

This measure would potentially protect pedestrians and cyclists using the Gravesend Bay Promenade and Shore Parkway Greenway from vehicle-based violence, from Bay 8th Street to the termination of the promenade at Bay Parkway.

Councilmember Treyger (D-47) teamed up with Councilmember Vincent Gentile (D-43) to send a letter to the New York Department of Transportation (DOT) urging the organization to begin studying the feasibility of installing barricades along the eastbound lanes of the Belt Parkway between Exits 4 and 5.

The parkway already has barricades installed west of Bay 8th Street.

“Many local residents and visitors alike frequent the promenade and Shore Parkway Greenway along the Belt Parkway for recreational activities including cycling, jogging, fishing, or leisurely walks along Gravesend Bay,” said Councilmember Treyger. “We need to protect the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.”

The Councilmembers’ letter is in support of Community Board 11, which decided unanimously to ask the DOT for the study at a November 9 meeting, according to a press release from Councilmember Treyger’s office.

“I place my strong support behind the resolution passed by Community Board 11,” said Councilmember Gentile. “We must ensure that we are doing all that we can to enhance safety in our public spaces, and the installation of these guardrails will do just that.”

Earlier this month, Councilmember Treyger and Councilmember Chaim Deutsch (D-48) called for additional security along Coney Island’s Reigelmann Boardwalk via the installation of retractable bollards, which would prevent unauthorized vehicles from reaching the pedestrian boardwalk.

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