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JOSEPH CROWLEY cowsarree on Genre twor wavs RNS oats Elis Congress of the United States nips eetouc.gov House of Representatives Mashington, BG 20515-3214 September 12, 2018 Honorable Bill de Blasio Mayor, New York City City Hell New York, NY 10007 Re: Traffic issues on Skillman Avenue near PS 11. Dear Mayor de Blasio: 1 would like to bring your attention to community concerns regarding complications resulting from the protected bike lanes recently installed on Skillman and 43" Avenues. While I appreciate your office's advocacy for greater safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, and have been supportive of prior bike lane projects in my district, residents report that this project is unfortunately already causing significant issues for parents and students of PS. 11, those who live in the surrounding neighborhood, and emergency responders who must now navigate acute congestion on Skillman Avenue. Photos recently posted to twitter show an ambulance stuck in ‘traffic directly in front of the school, unable to get through the mire of vehicles. I shudder to think ‘of what might have happened had it been responding to a call for medical assistance. While this issue may be limited to pick up and drop off hours, I must point out that these concerns were Voiced well before the implementation of this plan, and summarily dismissed by the Department of Transportation as baseless. Now that these issues have undeniably manifested, lam requesting that the DOT work to mitigate the problem before the inability of emergency response vehicles to traverse this corridor leads to an avoidable tragedy. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter. If you have any questions or comments regarding this request Sincerely, Member of Congress, NY14 \waSHiNsGTON OFFICE: ucEWS OFFICE: ssowcorr |