Gerritsen Beach residents concerned about new platforms

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GERRITSEN BEACH -

Residents and local officials say the newly installed platforms in Gerritsen Beach are unsafe.

Residents say the added bike lane and new platforms that were installed two weeks ago have made Gerritsen Avenue narrower than ever before.

In a video posted to Twitter, state Sen. Marty Golden said there have been eight accidents since the platforms were installed.

Residents say they are concerned for children - those crossing the street, getting off the school bus, or those who opt not to use the bike lane.

Sen. Golden said that he will be meeting with the Department of Transportation on Monday to discuss removing the platforms.

The Department of Transportation told News 12 in a statement that the islands will “reduce pedestrian crossing distances, increase pedestrian visibility to motorists, and encourage safer left turns" onto Gerritsen Avenue. It says it plans to evaluate the effectiveness of the medians, but that the islands have proven safe and successful in other locations. 

The DOT's full statement says:

DOT is in the process of installing six rubber pedestrian islands along Gerritsen Avenue from Avenue X to the Southern Terminus. This stretch has had two fatalities and a severe injury since 2011, and the pedestrian islands are part of a corridor safety project which began implementation in late 2016. The islands will reduce pedestrian crossing distances, increase pedestrian visibility to motorists, and encourage safer left turns onto Gerritsen Ave. DOT also installed flexible delineators at the islands to increase visibility for drivers. We will evaluate the effectiveness of the islands before determining a replacement with permanent materials.

Similar treatments have been installed on Eastern Parkway at Brooklyn Ave and Kingston Aves and Atlantic Ave and 4th Ave, and we have found them to be successful.

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