Now that Sunset Park and Park Slope are anticipating the second wave of safety improvements starting in 2018, it is time for the DOT to #Finish4thAve all the way through Bay Ridge.
We call upon the DOT to:
- extend traffic calming measures and car lane removal that have already been completed in Sunset Park and Park Slope, and
- extend the planned protected bike path - the first north-south protected path in southern Brooklyn since Ocean Parkway - from 65th Street to Shore Road.
Fourth Avenue is a vital link that connects Bay Ridge to its neighbors to the north: Sunset Park, Park Slope, and Downtown Brooklyn. Since 2012, the Sunset Park and Park Slope sections have been the focus of a multi-faceted campaign to tame this once-wild de facto highway into one of Brooklyn's Great Streets. However, Bay Ridge was left behind when its Community Board turned its back on critical traffic calming measures in 2013.
With the 4th Avenue Great Streets, the DOT has done a great service to residents in Sunset Park and Park Slope. The residents of Bay Ridge deserve the same treatment - let's Finish 4th Avenue!