Flatbush Avenue To Become Slow Zone, Speed To Drop To 25 MPH

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Sunset over Flatbush Avenue
The New York City Department of Transportation on Friday announced 14 new “arterial slow zones,” major corridors that will see speed limits slashed by five miles per hour as part of the Vision Zero initiative, and Flatbush Avenue is on the list, with implementation to begin this fall.

The first slow zones were implemented yesterday on Jerome Avenue in the Bronx and 7th Avenue in Manhattan, the first phase of the program. The speed limits will be lowered to 25 miles per hour from 30, with new “distinctive” signs with blue-and-white coloring and the name of the corridor to complement the DOT’s existing Neighborhood Slow Zone program. Alongside the signage, the streets will see increased police enforcement and temporary lighted speed boards.

The slow zone along Flatbush Avenue will stretch from Concord Street (Downtown Brooklyn) to Hendrickson Place (near the Belt Parkway) and will be implemented in October.

The program is part of the Vision Zero initiative, which aims to eliminate traffic fatalities citywide. Ultimately the agency will create a total of 25 arterial slow zones, according to the Vision Zero website.

Arterial roadways make up only 15 percent of the total road system but account for 60 percent of the fatalities, according to the DOT. These 14 corridors make up only 65 miles of roadway, but account for 83 fatalities between 2008-2012.

Flatbush Avenue is 7.1 miles long and accounts for 11 fatalities in that time.

The speed reduction required approval from Albany, which it received in June. You can find the list of all 14 arterial slow zones here.

“Driving slow is the best way to go on Brooklyn’s highways and byways. In partnership with the Department of Transportation, our borough is turning a dangerous corner toward safer streets,” Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said in the release. “The additions of Coney Island Avenue, Flatbush Avenue, and Utica Avenue to our growing roster of arterial slow zones, which also include Atlantic Avenue, Eastern Parkway, and McGuinness Boulevard, prioritize safety in all directions that Brooklynites travel every day.”

As for the neighborhood as a whole? The Park Slope Street Safety Partnership still has its petition going to show support for lowering the speed limit from 30 to 20 MPH throughout the area.

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