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  • Writer's pictureGrace Freedman

#Fix4thAve Rally and Ride - Sat May 6, 10:30am

FOFA is supporting this event organized by Transportation Alternatives.

Join us at Times Plaza (Flatbush, Atlantic, 4th Ave) on Sat May 6 at 10:30am - Rally and public remarks by local politicians, then Ride along 4th Ave bike lane. All ages invited.

Ride will begin at Times Plaza and then make brief stops at 9th St, 29th St and 45th St. We will then return to Times Plaza by 12:20pm. Some of group will be continuing on to the Open Streets rally on Vanderbilt Ave.

Why #Fix4thAve: You may have seen the letters that Bike New York, Bike South Brooklyn and Councilmembers Avilés, Hanif and Restler have sent to DOT about 4th Ave:

Key issues raised by Transportation Alternatives, include: -Chronic parking on corner refuge islands blocks visibility, making intersections potentially deadly even when everyone is proceeding legally -DOT's failure to finish re-marking the street after resurfacing in 2021 makes much of the bike lane a "door zone," which is a travesty for a protected bike lane - this is mainly an issue in Sunset Park though also in a few blocks in the 20s -DOT recently approved a "maintenance of way" plan for capital reconstruction of the avenue that erases the bike lane. It has already been removed in parts of Sunset Park, and will be gone for many years unless DOT reverses this decision. This condition will creep north during the lengthy life of the project. FOFA agrees with these statements and also supports a full Vision Zero plan for 4th Ave that includes traffic calming measures like raised planted medians as well as more enforcement to assure that bike lanes and sidewalks aren't blocked by cars, delivery trucks or construction materials. We advocate for a transformed 4th Ave that is safer, greener and more resilient for all who live and travel on 4th Ave.

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