Brooklyn, NY — Council Members Brad Lander and Mathieu Eugene, State Senator Andrew Gounardes, and Assemblymember Robert Carroll sent a letter to Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg Wednesday calling for an expedited study and implementation of safety measures along the Coney Island Avenue corridor where two people lost their lives this summer. 

“Coney Island Avenue has long been identified as a dangerous corridor, hostile to pedestrians and cyclists, and prone to reckless, high-speed driving. To the families of Maria del Carmen Porras Hernandez and Jose Alzorriz, we owe everything we can do to redesign our streets and get reckless drivers off the roads before another family loses a loved one. We can’t wait any longer for urgent changes to this hazardous corridor,” said Council Member Brad Lander.

“I strongly urge DOT to take urgent action that will result in much needed traffic calming measures being implemented on Coney Island Avenue from Caton Avenue to Avenue P.  The lives of two people have been tragically lost recently and many more have been injured due to the unsafe traffic conditions along this corridor. Immediate steps must to be taken by DOT to adopt proven safety measures and to ensure that these horrible tragedies are brought to an end,” said Council Member Mathieu Eugene.

“I join my colleague Council Member Lander in calling on DOT to act now to bring street safety measures to dangerous Coney Island Avenue. In honor of Jose Alzorriz and María del Carmen Porras Hernandez, two people recently killed on Coney Island Avenue, we will fight like hell to make this street safer. No one should have to live in fear of cycling, walking or driving down the street,” said State Senator Andrew Gounardes.

“Coney Island Avenue has long been in desperate need of traffic calming measures. It is critical that NYC DOT conduct a comprehensive study of Coney Island Avenue and that necessary safety measures are implemented before another tragic crash takes place,” said Assembly Member Robert Carroll.

The letter notes that DOT identified Coney Island Avenue, from Prospect Park south to Coney Island, as a “priority corridor” on the Vision Zero Pedestrian Safety Action Plan back in 2015, but that meaningful action on the corridor has yet to be seen. The letter is available here