Stories From Main Street: Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn
NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – What would you do to make the traffic in your neighborhood safer?
WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reports
In Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, residents have taken matters into their own hands, literally.
“My group has a radar gun,” Manhattan Beach Community Group president Ira Zalcman told WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams. “We have a great traffic committee and they come out here periodically to check the speeds of cars, trucks, and buses so we know what we’re seeing.”
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Zalcman is on a mission. Last month, a four-year-old boy ran into the street and was killed by a bus. Oriental Boulevard is a mile-long straightaway with just three lights.
Adams asked Zalcam, “The speed limit is 30 miles per hour. What have you seen?”
Zalcam answered, “Personally, 67 on the bike lane.”
He has to hide behind a tree and hold up a radar gun.
“We’ve had people from my traffic committee come out here in lawn chairs – sit here all day and clock people,” says Zalcam.
More lights, stop signs, speed bumps, more enforcement – residents are asking the city for help.
Zalcam says, “We’ve come up with a traffic plan. We’ve come up with documentation. We have hundreds of letters mailed, e-mails. we have a whole stack.”