Several residents, children want stop signs and crosswalks on Center Boulevard

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  1. TJ

    Have loved in the neighborhood for years and don't think more government intervention is needed. Pedestrians need to pay attention better and parents be mindful of their children.

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  2. Katy

    And when you think human stupidity couldn't reach a higher level, you read the above comment; TJ stop using drugs; there are bad for your brain.

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  3. Townie

    The city planners were on drugs if they couldn't picture thousands of people dodging traffic. The sheer stupidity...etc., etc.

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  4. In a Perfect World...

    I have lived on Center for 3 years. I am extremely careful when crossing the streets. Anyone who lives here knows to be extra cautious because we have all nearly lost our lives trying to get to the market or Duane Reade. Too many cars speeding or blocking and double parking making vision even worse. It has only gotten worse as the neighborhood and parks grow. Please help us! Thanks so very much!

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  5. Ro

    Just this weekend an idiot decided to speed up as he saw that I was about to cross with my family. DOT better do something before there is a terrible accident.

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  6. LIC Res

    You'd think in light of de Blasio's zero pedestrian fatality initiative, the city would happily make a change. Bizarre.

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  7. Anonymous

    Slightly off topic but I think 5th street is even more of a hazard. Crossing is down right dangerous. Driving as well. Drivers coming off the avenues don't always realize that 5th street does not have a stop so they pull out in front of you.

    For more than a year I have been hearing that they are going to change it be a one way street. The last I heard it was supposed to have happened over the school's spring break. That has clearly come and gone. Wish I knew why it is being delayed.

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  8. Anonymous

    Vision0 is incomplete. It doesn't do anything to address rampant jaywalking and improve defensive walking. I guess it's politically incorrect to say anything bad about pedestrians?

    Pedestrians cross without looking and crowd onto the street off the sidewalk. They also play chicken with cars (cars will win).

    Yes, to better traffic calming, but both cars and pedestrians need to be careful.

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  9. Brian Howald

    Just four weeks ago, a driver decided that he did not need to stop despite the fact that I was in the crosswalk. He slowed to a crawl as I stood my ground and made him slow down. He then proceeded to use his vehicle to push me out of the way, running over my feet in the process. Last I checked, I have the right to cross, unimpeded, and cars must wait until I have crossed.

    The reality is much different. Those fighting these simple design changes are only those who violate the law and have bullied pedestrians for far too long.

    Pedestrians are often careless, like bikers, and drivers, but being careless should not result in death. A pedestrian may have his head up his/her ass, but that doesn't give a driver the right to ignore the crosswalk. It only makes sense for pedestrians to pay attention, but drivers have a LEGAL OBLIGATION to do so drive carefully. That is the difference.

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  10. Malarki

    Kids need to be more responsible - and parents especially need to watch their kids more and have them on lock down. I do not want more signs. Kids need to be more careful and stop running around like wild animals without proper adult supervision.

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  11. hunterspointsisnotavillage

    Unless you have a car mechanic in your pocket you are not speeding on cobblestones, JVB is just gasping for straws at this point, if he really wanted to make Hunters Point safe time to start ticketing all the bicyclists that abuse the law by riding the wrong way, not stopping at stop signs or lights, riding on the sidewalk, disobeying basic laws. If i drive a car i need insurance, but if i get hit by a bicyclists who pays my bills, not them. The city is in debt time for them to pay up.

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  12. Jeff Foreman

    I live on Center Boulevard and we really do need traffic calming measures like stop signs and most especially crosswalk signs. There are crosswalks built in to the street, but obviously drivers do not recognize that they are there. If I had a young kid I'd be scared to death. This is just common sense; if nothing is done someone is going to get badly hurt or worse, and of course the increased building in the area will only increase traffic and the need for DOT action.

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  13. Tanya

    I don't know what the people above who don't want more signs are smoking, but we desperately need REAL crosswalks and a speed limit signs. What is the speed limit? Who knows. I've lived in NYC for 20 years, I'm not an idiot, I'm not a "wild animal," I'm a grown-up and I don't play chicken with cars. People speed down Center like crazy - the cobblestones don't start until 48th ave. It's only a matter of time before someone gets killed, and it's scary to cross the street.

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  14. Brian Howald

    While crossing Center Boulevard at 47th Avenue, where a marked crosswalk exists, I was accosted by a cab who almost struck me. The driver claimed that since there was no stop sign at the intersection, he didn't have to stop, despite the fact that I was halfway through the crosswalk and a turning vehicle was waiting for me to cross, blocking the path of the oncoming cab.

    If drivers don't know they have to yield at crosswalks, let alone are willing to yield to them, then we need stop signs yesterday.

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  15. Just got my Learner's Permit

    Whether it is enforced or not, stop sign or not, if there is a cross walk, the pedestrian has the right of way.

    Chapter 11 of the handbook on the DMV site states:
    Pedestrians are the highway users most at risk in traffic. As a driver, you must use extra caution to avoid colliding with pedestrians. Regardless of the rules of the road or right-of-way, the law specifically requires you to exercise great care to avoid striking pedestrians.

    Remember also that pedestrians legally crossing at intersections always have the right-of-way. Do not pull in front of or behind them or to "hurry them along" - wait until they are out of the intersection. Elderly and disabled pedestrians may require extra time to complete their crossings.

    http://dmv.ny.gov/about-dmv/chapter-11-sharing-road/#the-ped

    Not that 311 does much when cab drivers (or other drivers) are in violation of the rules of the road, it's still necessary to document every instance when you can.

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