Is Fourth Avenue Dangerous for Pedestrians?

What do you think about crossing the six-lane avenue?

Is Fourth Avenue more dangerous for pedestrians than other avenues in Park Slope? 

We reported on Monday that Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a non-profit, (tied with Avenue U and Eastern Parkway) with four fatalities since 2008.

What do you think? Is the six-lane speedway really dangerous for pedestrians? Make sure to vote in the poll below. Tell us your experience in the comments section below. 

Johnson March 15, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Not what I said. You said "epidemic." Are four cases of a disease out of 8 million people an epidemic?
Rick Oshea March 15, 2012 at 11:05 PM
You're right Johnson. It's either the park or an entire city of 8 million people.
tom murphy March 18, 2012 at 06:44 PM
I hope everyone realizes that a row of parked cars against the curb is the pedestrians' best defense against passing cars. It creates 'friction' on the traveled way. It does; you can look it up in any road safety manual. Even better is angled-parking. That really makes drivers cautious. My favorite though is double-parking. It slows all the speeders passing on the right and directs all the traffic away from the sidewalk. It's great and no one recognizes its value.
Peter March 18, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Enforcement is sorely lacking, as the NYPD's priorities are severely out of whack. To whit: In February, the 78th Precinct gave out 80 tickets for running red lights ("Fail to stop on signal), and 16 for speeding. http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/downloads/pdf/traffic_data/078sum.pdf 16 tickets for speeding? In a month? For the entire precinct? Clearly, finding the Park Slope rapist has their attention. Oh wait, they haven't done that either. Somehow, it must be the fault of the bicyclists. Clearly.
Chris Mcnally April 24, 2012 at 10:30 PM
you can slow traffic down by just narrowing the street, which is what double parked cars do. On a wide street such as St Marks in Crown Heights there is angled parking and it does not slow down cars. A row of large trees would be better protection for Pedestrians than parked cars.


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