Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety on Forest Avenue

Forest Avenue is one of the North Shore of Staten Island’s busiest and most vibrant streets. It runs across the island, from Victory Boulevard to the Goethals Bridge, and is known for its wide array of businesses — from independently-owned shops, restaurants, and bars to large national retail chains and franchises. But right now, Forest Avenue simply isn’t safe for pedestrians: Between 1995 and 2009, over 250 pedestrians and bicyclists were injured along Forest Avenue. Six of the crashes were fatal. People who live and work along Forest Avenue deserve a plan to reduce traffic congestion, enhance access to local businesses and bolster walking, biking and public transportation along this corridor.

This petition will be delivered to
Staten Island Community Board 1
I support the installation of pedestrian safety improvements, traffic-calming measures and bike lanes on Forest Avenue. The current street design encourages deadly speeding while discouraging healthy forms of transportation. To ensure the safety of all New Yorkers, as well as to promote bicycling and walking, I call on you to install pedestrian safety improvements, traffic-calming measures and bike lanes on Forest Avenue.

Bike lanes and pedestrian safety improvements will:
- Reduce traffic crashes and injuries by as much as 40 percent for everyone
- Boost access to local business
- Improve safe access to schools, businesses and residential areas
Read the letter