Coleman Street in Marine Park is a sleepy tree-lined street occupied by many young families with young children. In May 2004, residents who live between Fillmore Avenue and Avenue S, lobbied the Department of Transportation to replace a stop sign with a traffic light at the corner of Coleman Street and Avenue S, under the auspices it would lead to a safer environment for there children.
The theory proved to be wrong.
Many residents say that drivers are now inspired to hit the gas when they see the light turning green to yellow, and speed up the block. They say the stop sign was more effective. “Look at this,” said a woman who did not give her name, pointing to a car accident at Coleman and Ave. S. “This is becoming common. The guy across the street has to keep changing his fence because it gets damaged– accidents are so frequent.”
She was not alone. Like most car accidents, a group was formed at the scene. They voiced their concerns about their safety and speeders. One recommended a speed bump in the between Fillmore and Ave. S. Another said the Department of Transportation should reinstall the stop sign.