The city and the Department of Transportation announced an $18 million plan to improve over 2 miles of Atlantic Avenue for traffic flow and pedestrian safety. At Atlantic Avenue from Pennsylvania Avenue and Logan Street and from Euclid Avenue to Rockaway Boulevard, one of the three lanes of traffic will be removed and a traffic median will get larger. While this project is to prevent accidents like the 2003 incident where two mothers pushing strollers were hit by a driver (the mothers and one child child), some residents say that this won't mean there's less traffic. You can read more about the plan here; there will be improved signage and new curbs as well.
And Gothamist was just talking about car-pedestrian safety yesterday.
One of our favorites: A photograph of a downtown Brooklyn Atlantic Avenue intersection from Joe Holmes; not the stretch of Atlantic Avenue this plan will affect, but an illustration of the kind of traffic there is