In response to the death of 33-year-old DJ Solange Raulston, who was struck by a flatbed truck while on her bike in Greenpoint Sunday afternoon, Transportation Alternatives and Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) have released a statement calling for action.
Raulston was at the intersection of Nassau Avenue and McGuinness Boulevard when she was sideswiped (a ghost bike memorial is planned), and the groups call the area North Brooklyn's most dangerous intersection, with 34 crashes and 2 fatalities occurring there in between 1995 and 2005 — and now they're asking for some long-overdue safety improvements.
While the Department of Design and Construction is restructuring Nassau Avenue, the project (which aims to be completed by 2012) does not focus on safety features. T.A. and NAG are asking that the plans consider the high number of cyclists, pedestrians and trucks that frequent the deadly intersection. They're calling for open sight lines at all corners by removing one parking spot, the installation of wider refuge medians, more walk time for pedestrians to cross the street and extended curbs into the street to slow turning vehicles.
Director of T.A., Paul Steely White, said in the statement: "Seldom does a week pass without flowers being laid in someone's memory at this dangerous crossing. 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." Your move, city.