City Convenes Meeting to Discuss Taming Traffic Problems in Downtown Brooklyn

August 16, 1999

When: Monday August 23rd, 1999, 1-4, and 4:30-7:30.
Where: Brooklyn Public Library Business Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West, at Tillary Street.

In response to years of community complaints about through-traffic, speeding, and traffic noise in Downtown Brooklyn, the City will hold an Open House to discuss ways to tame and reduce traffic on Monday August 23rd, 1999.

The Open House is part of the Downtown Brooklyn Traffic Calming Project, a multi-year, community-based based project intended to improve pedestrian safety, protect environmental quality, and reduce the impacts of through-traffic on residential communities and business districts. The project study-area includes Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, and Boerum Hill, and Community Boards 2, 6, and 7.

At the Open House, project consultants from Ove Arup and Co. and officials from the City Department of Transportation will explain the basics of traffic calming, provide potential traffic calming scenarios, update their work so far, and talk with residents about local traffic problems and concerns.

Neel Scott, Campaign Coordinator for Transportation Alternatives said:

"This is an important opportunity for residents of Downtown Brooklyn and surrounding communities to find out more about traffic calming, and to make sure that their block and neighborhood's problems are heard. Residents can voice their concerns about speeding, noise, and excessive through-traffic in their neighborhoods, and find out what the project consultants and City DOT plan to do about them."