DOT Commissioner and Community to Discuss Traffic Problems

Sander Responds to Neighborhood Concerns About Too Much Traffic, Speeding and Noise

Where: Brooklyn Borough Hall, Courtroom, 209 Joralemon St
When: 7-9 pm, Thursday November 30th

In response to the concerns of neighborhoods like Brooklyn Heights, Ft. Greene and Sunset Park, DOT Commissioner Elliot Sander will outline his plans for reducing the negative effects of traffic on residential streets. Over 150 people are expected to attend the forum, sponsored by Brooklyn Community Board 2 and the Neighborhood Streets Network.

After years of complaints and deteriorating quality of life, DOT finally seems serious about protecting neighborhoods from overwhelming through traffic, speeding and noise. At a Mayoral press conference yesterday, Commissioner Sander announced DOT's new "Share The Road Safely" program. The program includes consideration of lowered speed limits and installation of traffic calming measures. These are things that neighborhoods and pedestrian safety advocates have been asking for for years. Tonight, Commissioner Sander and his staff will have their first chance to explain how his new initiative will answer community concerns about quality of life.

After presentations from the DOT and the Neighborhood Streets Network, residents will have the chance to ask questions to the Commissioner and the assembled traffic experts.

The Neighborhood Streets Network is a new coalition of block associations, civic groups and PTAs dedicated to safer, quieter, friendlier neighborhood streets in New York City.

Members include: Auburndale Improvement Association - Banana Kelly Community Association- Bronx Shepherds Restoration Corporation - Brooklyn Heights Association - Chambers - Canal Civic Association - Charles St Block Association - Environmental Watchperson Project for Williamsburg and Greenpoint - Harlem Environmental Impact Project - Highbridge Advisory Council - Jefferson Av Block Association - Juniper Park Civic Association - NYC Environmental Justice Alliance - P.S. 66 P.T.A. - P.S. 116 P.T.A. - Park Slope Action For The Environment - Project For Public Spaces - South Bronx Community Coalition - Soho Partnership - St. James/Fulton/Gates Block Association - Transportation Alternatives - Tri-State Transportation Campaign - Walk New York