Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz called Manhattan Beach community leaders, Brooklyn Transportation Commissioner Joe Palmieri, Community Board 15 Chairperson Theresa Scavo and local police brass, including Captain Sean Finn, together to discuss viable solutions to Manhattan Beach’s worsening traffic problems. Edmond Dweck and Dr. Ron Biondo represented the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association.
Cymbrowitz opened the meeting saying, “We are past the point of studying this, we need action. This is not a political issue; it is a concern for the safety of each and every one of our residents as well as the tens of thousands who visit the community each week. We must focus on finding solutions that will work before another person is hurt or life is lost.”
Traffic issues that were brought up at the meeting included:
- The zebra stripes and bike lane on Oriental Boulevard
- Drivers ignoring stop signs
- The dangers of making a left turn from Emmons Avenue onto Shore Boulevard and also from Shore Boulevard (southbound) onto Shore Boulevard (eastbound)
- The lack of signs alerting motorists to the fact that PS 195 was on Irwin Street
- Better signage around the Manhattan Beach playgrounds
Assemblyman Cymbrowitz commented “This meeting provided an excellent forum in which everyone could voice their ideas. Having all parties at one table enabled us to discuss the pros and cons of each potential solution.”
“The complete solution to Manhattan Beach’s traffic problems will not be implemented overnight, but we must immediately begin to take steps to make our community’s streets safer,” Cymbrowitz stated.
Commissioner Palmieri agreed to paint “Stop” on the road at each intersection with an existing “Stop” sign and also install “Stop Ahead” signs at the same intersections. He also said that he would add signage around PS 195 to alert motorists to its presence, install better signage by the Manhattan Beach playgrounds to let drivers know that active children are likely to be in the area and discuss the community’s concerns and possible changes to the Oriental Boulevard zebra stripes and bike lane with NYC Transportation Commissioner Sadik-Kahn.
“There are numerous options for improving the safety of Manhattan Beach’s streets, but just about everyone around the table agreed that we need to start with better police enforcement of existing vehicular statutes, particularly during the morning rush hour of motorists driving into the neighborhood,” Cymbrowitz concluded.
Assemblyman Cymbrowitz has scheduled a follow up meeting with 61st Precinct commander, Deputy Inspector Georgios Mastrokostas, and a meeting with Commissioner Sadik-Kahn is in the process of being scheduled.