P.S. 95 speed bump will make kids safer, parents predict
Motorists driving up Van Sicklen Street in Gravesend will have to slow down when they get to P.S. 95 or risk hitting a speed bump and getting a big jolt.
At the urging of parents, school administrators, elected officials and Gravesend residents, the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) recently installed a speed bump outside P.S. 95 on Van Sicklen Street between Avenue U and Gravesend Neck Road.
DOT placed the speed bump in a strategic spot: outside the front of the school.
Parents who gathered outside the school this week with Councilmember Mark Treyger and Assemblymember William Colton to celebrate the speed bump predicted that the traffic calming device will greatly improve the safety of the students.
“This speed hump will go a long way towards slowing down drivers in front of our school and improving safety for the staff and students,” Parent-Teacher Association President Lulu Elaza said.
Treyger (D-Coney Island-Gravesend-Bensonhurst) worked with parents and residents to convince the DOT to put the speed bump in, according to Elaza.
“Parents of P.S. 95 students are ecstatic to know that this speed hump is in place and appreciate Councilmember Treyger’s work on behalf of our school and community,” she said.
The effort to get a speed bump in front of the school was spearheaded by Vincent Sampieri, a Gravesend resident who began his fight several years ago.
P.S. 95 is the latest school to get a speed bump, but it shouldn’t be the only one, Sampieri said.
“All schools should have speed bumps and other safety measures to ensure the safety of our children,” he said. “They are the future of this great country and must be safe coming and going to school. We should not wait until someone is injured to install safety measures. Children cannot fend for themselves and that is why we must act to make sure that children, parents and staff are safe.”
Treyger said he was pleased that the DOT took action.
“There have been problems with drivers speeding past this building and endangering lives for many years now, so getting this speed hump installed was a top priority for me after taking office. This will help ensure the safety of the P.S. 95 community and will provide parents with a little more peace of mind as their child leaves for school each morning,” he said.
“The installation of a speed bump in front of P.S. 95 represents the efforts of parents, school personnel, community activists and elected officials working together to make a street safer for children,” Colton said.
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