New Median may not be adding to safety

A car jumped the bollards on the median on Tuesday, just before 5:30 p.m. Photo: Jordan Moss


I’ve been concerned about the new median installed in front of Food Dynasty since it was installed, but Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. when I saw this car perched on top of the bollards, I decided it was time to write about it.

Having a median in the middle of this large, busy, multi-directional intersection seems like a good idea to me, for the safety of pedestrians. However, I have two issues with the way its been done:

1) The median is angled so that, if one is driving north on Sedgwick — that is, driving from the public library toward the Deegan entrance — one has to make an awkward over-reaching turn. The prospect of ending up on the median, like this guy, or hitting a car in the other lane, is too high.

2) The lights don’t seem properly timed. If I am driving from the library to the Deegan entrance, I get a turning signal to go down the hill at the same time that the left lane of traffic in front of PS 95 gets a signal to head for the southern part of Sedgwick Avenue. So, basically, the lights are sending my little Prius right into the grill of the oncoming BX1 bus, if we’re both not careful.

Now I’m sure some bad driving was involved in the accident in the photo; I wasn’t there to see the event, only the aftermath. But I think we should take it as a warning that the work on this intersection isn’t entirely finished.

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2 responses to “New Median may not be adding to safety”

  1. GAX

    Whether that spot needs a median at all is debatable. What is not debatable is that this particular one is simply too wide so any car making the left onto Van Cortlandt Avenue West from Sedgwick has to swing so wide that it puts everyone in danger, especially the children crossing for school and, as depicted in Jordan’s photo, the cars themselves. It is designed terribly – way too wide – and should be removed or reconfigured immediately.

  2. Kristin

    Yup.

    Now I can admit without shame that I drove up onto that thing myself the first time I made the turn from Sedgwick.

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