Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) is continuing his efforts to work with the relevant government agencies to ensure that Ocean Parkway remains a safe thoroughfare for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. In particular, Hikind has expressed concerns about the intersection of Ocean Parkway and Bay Parkway after numerous constituent complaints and personally observing dangerous traffic conditions and poor signage.
“This is a unique and horribly dangerous intersection. While driving on Ocean Parkway, as you approach the turn onto Bay Parkway, there is no opportunity for someone in the middle lane to switch into the right lane. I’ve seen people veering off suddenly. It’s absolutely terrifying. And then once you make the turn, it’s really easy to miss the fact there might be oncoming bicyclists or pedestrians. This is an accident waiting to happen.”
Hikind has asked the Department of Transportation to look into these signage and traffic issues. Currently, there is unclear signage for drivers on Ocean Parkway indicating that the exit to Bay Parkway is approaching. Drivers who might intend to make the right turn to exit are caught off-guard, especially if they are in the middle or left lanes.
“I have requested that the Department of Transportation look into installing additional signage to give drivers more advanced notice of the upcoming Bay Parkway exit. I am confident that Commissioner Keith Bray will address our concerns and I look forward to reporting back to the community.”