The logic makes sense, the neighborhood group PSN argues: a two-way street forces drivers to proceed with more caution, and at a slower speed, making the streets safer for young families and their stroller-bound children.
In addition to slowing traffic on the first two avenues west of Prospect Park, PSN is also asking the Department of Transportation (DOT) to create a protected bike lane along the park.
In September of 2008, a car killed a cyclist at the intersection of 8th Avenue and President Street. In a statement announcing a drive to raise signatures for a formal petition to DOT, the neighborhood organization said the elimination of one-way streets, where drivers speed and change lanes with abandon, would reduce the everyday risks for cyclists and pedestrians alike.
"For years, Prospect Park West and 8th Avenue - our neighborhood's only one-way avenues - have been plagued by speeding, while the intersection of 8th Avenue and Union Street has been beset by gridlock, causing dangerous conditions for pedestrians," PSN said in a statement announcing a drive to collect signatures for a formal petition to the DOT. "Now we're seeking your support to take the logical next step."
This is the group's second stab at transforming the neighborhood's traffic pattern. Two years ago, PSN rallied around the cry "One Way, No Way!" when the city suggested reducing 6th and 7th avenues from two lanes to one. PSN sent the DOT a petition with 2,500 signatures opposing the plan, and soon afterwards the DOT rescinded its proposal.
The group is hopeful it'll have similar success this time around.
"We know that these proposed changes won't satisfy everyone, that some people like one-way streets or may have other ideas," PSN stated. "But we're convinced that restoring two-way traffic flow to Eighth Avenue and Prospect Park West is the best way to combat speeding, unclog the intersection of 8th and Union, and make these streets safer for all users."