Not so fast, says committee of 86th Street traffic-calming plan
Anticipated changes to the 86th Street traffic corridor between Fourth Avenue and Shore Road hit a roadblock, as members of Community Board 10 voted to postpone a decision on the controversial proposal for no more than two months.
The 22 to 13 vote came after numerous area residents asked the board to salute the plan, created by the city Department of Transportation (DOT). It had previously been turned down by CB 10s Traffic and Transportation Committee, which, in a vote of seven to four, recommended that the plan be rejected in its current form and then revised, taking into consideration a list of alternative traffic-calming measures that it drew up.
Among those who pleaded with the board to approve the plan was Stefania Vasquenz, a public member of the boards Select Pedestrian Safety Committee, and the mother of two children attending P.S. 185, at 86th Street and Ridge Boulevard.
We recognize the community board has to strike a balance, that you must keep drivers and pedestrians happy, she told board members. However, the reckless drivers are winning. We continued to be yelled at, struck by cars, have our children exposed to uncivil behavior, and harassed by drivers.