Bronx, NY: Morris Park road diet rage re-ignites/Rally: safety facts don’t support DOT analysis (Vision Zero Watch)

Community leaders in Morris Park are gathering petition signatures to permanently eliminate Morris Park Avenue from a proposed ‘road diet’ plan because the road’s safety record has vastly improved since the last time a study was commissioned .

The controversial plan, if implemented, would reduce the number of travel lanes for vehicles along most of the length of the busy street as part of the larger, citywide Vision Zero traffic safety plan.

This is the second petition undertaken by community members opposed to the project.

They have already garnered over 700 signatures, according to the group that rallied against the NYC Department of Transportation proposal outside Big Deal Supermarket on Morris Park and Paulding avenues on Monday, April 1.

Councilman Mark Gjonaj, who organized the rally, said that in 2018, 1,000 petition signatures were collected to express the community’s strong opposition to the proposal.