Lawmakers want Ocean Parkway speed limit increased
The goal of Vision Zero was making streets safer when it was introduced three years ago, but some critics say the initiative has had the opposite effect on Ocean Parkway.
Ocean Parkway is a six-lane road with a 25 mph speed limit, lowered from 30 after Vision Zero. Compare that with the Jackie Robinson Parkway, which has two lanes but a speed limit of 45 mph. The discrepancy has caused serious disagreement over what speed limit makes a roadway safe.
Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) and state Sen. Simcha Felder (D-17th District) say the reduction in speed limit is responsible for Ocean Parkway's congestion. They both have introduced bills to restore the limit back to its pre-Vision Zero number.
But nonprofit Transportation Alternatives and City Councilman Brad Lander are pushing back, saying that Vision Zero and the Department of Transportation's Ocean Parkway safety improvement project are working, with fewer collisions reported.
Drivers tell News 12 that 30 mph is their preferred limit on the parkway, and many of them say they don't have patience for the increased congestion.
According to a AAA study, a person is 74 percent more likely to be killed if struck by a vehicle traveling 30 mph as opposed to 25.
Since 2012, there have been 279 pedestrian injuries on Ocean Parkway. In 2013, nonprofit Tri-State Transportation Campaign rated it Brooklyn's most-dangerous street for pedestrians.