Monday, December 14, 2015
I live near the corner of Union and Hoyt Streets.
As traffic congestion in the neighborhood continues to grow, I am increasingly concerned about the traffic safety at this corner. The presence of the school and small children only increases my concern.
There are two basic problems, excessive speed on Union Street when cars are trying to "make the light" on the corner of Hoyt and the inability of trucks to turn from Union Street onto Hoyt Street due to the narrowness of Hoyt Street and the lack of of a "fire zone" on Hoyt Street.
Yesterday, I watched a garbage truck try to turn from Union onto Hoyt. He needed to back up and straighten out at least 3 times because cars were parked very close to the corner of Union on both sides of the street. Cars were honking and worst of all children were outside the school at the time. This was a recipe for disaster, one car finally whipped around the truck and try to get through the light, having waited for 2 or 3 cycles because the truck could not make the turn. Had a child been in the crosswalk at the time, the driver, whose vision was totally blocked by the truck would have struck the child while accelerating. It could have been a disaster. And it happens day after day.
I would like to propose the following saftey measures for the block.
1. A speed bump on Union between Smith and Hoyt, to slow down cars when they are approaching Hoyt Street.
2. A "No Right Turn for Trucks" sign on the corner of Union and Hoyt Streets.
3. Fire zones that extend from the crosswalk for 10 or 20 feet on both sides of Hoyt Street (south side) at the corner of Union Street so that emergency vehicles can turn easily.
4. Fire zone that extends from the crosswalk for 20 feet on Union Street at the corner of Hoyt Street (South West side) so that emergency vehicles can turn easily. (Note:
There is already a fire hydrant here, so you are really only losing a single parking space on the corner, that realy shouldnt be a parking space anyway.)
I understand that PS 32 is scheduled to be enlarged and will covert back to a K-5 school. Given the increased number of children expected in the area, it is imperitve that safety be addressed before tragedy strikes.
Please let me know how I may advance this suggestion with the Transportation and Safety Committee of Community Board 6.
From a concernd resident.
The suggestions made by this local resident makes quite a bit of sense.
I stopped by that particular corner this morning at about 11 AM to take the photos above and can confirm that there was quite a bit of traffic on Hoyt Street.
Traffic has indeed increased tremendously here in Carroll Gardens. Smith Street and Court Street are also backed up on a regular basis. A while back, another reader contacted me about her own concern regarding the intersection of Smith Street, Second Place and Second Street, which many children use to get to and from school.
What other intersections are you concerned about in the neighborhood?