Residents Seek City's Help in Slowing Drivers Down

The Claremont section of the Bronx is home to the city's first "Neighborhood Slow Zone," where signs, speed bumps and a lower speed limit aim to slow down drivers

By Gus Rosendale
|  Monday, Aug 20, 2012  |  Updated 8:23 PM EDT
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In the Cobble Hill neighborhood, residents say cars are driving well above the posted speed limit, and that something needs to be done.  News 4's Gus Rosendale reports.

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In the Cobble Hill neighborhood, residents say cars are driving well above the posted speed limit, and that something needs to be done. News 4's Gus Rosendale reports.

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Residents of some heavily trafficked city neighborhoods are clamoring for help with speeding drivers -- but a new program aimed at slowing drivers is so far underway only in one Bronx community.

"Every day that goes by is another lost opportunity to ensure we keep the neighborhoods and kids safe," said Dan Mingey, who often walks down Hicks Street in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, with his two children on the way to the park.

During a recent visit to Hicks Street, which runs alongside the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway through the largely residential area, nearly every car was breaking the posted 30 mph speed limit, according to a speed radar gun.

The city is still considering the requests of neighborhood groups to add stop signs or speed bumps to Hicks Street. Meanwhile, the Claremont section of the Bronx is home to the city's first "Neighborhood Slow Zone," where signs, speed bumps and a speed limit of 20 mph, rather than 30, aim to slow down drivers who use local streets to bypass major traffic routes.

More neighborhoods are on track to become "slow zones," including Corona, Queens. But as of now, Cobble Hill is not on the list.

"This is an issue of public safety," Mingey said.

Those interested in getting their neighborhood on the list for a "slow zone" can find out more information here.

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