BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
Parents and students from PS 11 in Woodside gathered with Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) on Tuesday to call on the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) to implement traffic safety measures near the school.
A new entrance was recently created at the school that requires children exiting or entering the property to cross Skillman Avenue and 54th Street, where there is not a crosswalk or stop sign.
PS 11’s Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) and Van Bramer had previously called on the DOT to address the issue and ask that traffic-calming measures—such as speed bumps, traffic signals and crosswalks—be implemented.
“It is absolutely clear to me that the streets at PS 11 are a clear danger to the hundreds of children who walk to school every single day,” Van Bramer said. “These streets, especially crossing Skillman Avenue, are a crash waiting to happen. We cannot wait for a child to be injured or lose their life before we act. We have made great strides on Vision Zero as a city—reducing crashes and fatalities across the city—but until no child dies tragically on our streets, we can and we must do better. I stand firmly with the parents, students and teachers at PS 11 in demanding that the Department of Transportation act now and save lives in the process.”
A spokesman for the DOT said that the agency has conducted several meetings with PS 11, the school’s PTA, Community Board 2 and Van Bramer’s office.
“DOT is reviewing this location for a signal or all-way stop sign,” the DOT spokesman said. “DOT is working with the council member’s office and the community board to select a new date for a community meeting on this project.”
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