Block Association Petitions for Street Safety on Classon


The president of the CLEXY Block Association, which covers Classon, Quincy and Lexington in Bed-Stuy, wrote in about concerns the association has regarding safety on Classon Avenue. In particular, the block association wants a “No Left Turn” sign put in at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Classon Avenue, and clear and prominent signage along Atlantic Avenue designating Bedford as the route for eastbound arena traffic to access the BQE. The president of the block association, Laura Benko, says the following: “Recently streets along Atlantic preceding Classon have all NO LEFT TURNS signs, except for Classon. Classon is almost exclusively a residential street and yet it is being targeted to carry the load of thousands of more cars for event traffic leaving the stadium. In addition, it is a NON- TRUCK route, yet the DOT does not answer hundreds of our 311 requests to get signage that says: NO TRUCKS (except for deliveries).” There’s a petition out now with 400 signatures already. If you’re interested in signing it, there’s going to be a table at the corner of Lexington and Classon this Saturday from 10-2pm. The 500th person to sign will receive a “No Left Turns On Classon” t-shirt.
Photo by Laura Benko

11 Comment

  • dittoburg

    I signed the rival Clam Classon Avenue traffic petition.

  • Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t believe Bedford connects with BQE.

  • hotpinksharpie

    I definitely sympathize with people on classon not wanting their street to be the main traffic thoroughfare, however stopping left turns on Classon in addition to the lefts that have already been closed on Washington and Vanderbilt leaves those of us in Clinton Hill with really limited options for how to get home from the southwest. As it is we either have to overshoot and come up Classon, or take he one-lane Dean St. all the way across, trying not to hit any bikers while dodging double-parked cars and getting every red light along the way so that we can make that left on Washington or Vanderbilt. I would prefer to see the left turns more evenly distributed along Atlantic again so that no one street has to bear the brunt.

  • hotpinksharpie

    I definitely sympathize with people on classon not wanting their street to be the main traffic thoroughfare, however stopping left turns on Classon in addition to the lefts that have already been closed on Washington and Vanderbilt leaves those of us in Clinton Hill with really limited options for how to get home from the southwest. As it is we either have to overshoot and come up Classon, or take he one-lane Dean St. all the way across, trying not to hit any bikers while dodging double-parked cars and getting every red light along the way so that we can make that left on Washington or Vanderbilt. I would prefer to see the left turns more evenly distributed along Atlantic again so that no one street has to bear the brunt.

  • wasder

    Hotpink I was about to write the exact same thing. It would make getting to my house a very difficult proposition as I rely on that left turn onto Classon to access my house on a daily basis. There must be some way to limit commercial traffic on Classon while preserving the ability of local residents to get to their houses.

  • I would love to see Classon become a 2 way street, I believe this would help with slowing down traffic a bit and then adding bumps throughout

  • I would love to see Classon become a 2 way street, I believe this would help with slowing down traffic a bit and then adding bumps throughout

  • A solution must be found. Either all the streets get a “No Left” and we drive all the way down to East New York in order to get to Clinton Hill or the newly implemented no lefts are seriously reviewed and the burden is distributed equally. D.O.T hurry up with your signage “no trucks on Classon Avenue”, how long does it take to put up a few signs? Congrats to Vanderbilt, Clinton and Washington Avenues for taking good care of themselves! The community around Classon Ave deserves a safe environment and good quality of life.