Increased Traffic Hazards on Columbia St. and in Red Hook
There have been many issues with increased traffic and pedestrian safety in Red Hook in the last couple of years. So, while we don't frequently report traffic accidents and the like, but the following story passed along to us by a GL reader gets at a broader point about what is going on in the neighborhood. Our reader emails:
A cyclist was almost killed in front of my house yesterday around noon. He was crossing Columbia Street at Carroll. A car zooming down Columbia, knocked him into the air, cracking the windshield, and throwing him onto the street. I think he broke his neck. This is more common as traffic increases in this residential area. If you remember we had no stoplights on van brunt until someone was killed. It is a nightmare these days. One of the problems is that there are blind spots since they allow parking right to the corner.We have seen all the blind spots on Columbia Street and, further along, on Van Brunt Street. There is a need for some new regulation of parking near corners as well as additional traffic lights in places. Last year, there was a prolonged fight to install a traffic light on Van Brunt Street, but it is not the only intersection in the neighborhood in need of an upgrade to keep up with the growing amount of traffic. The day's of deserted streets in Red Hook are a thing of the past.