From time to time, I read The Brooklyn Paper, like a lot of other people. I’ve never really found statements printed by them to be controversial, like other people often do. That is, until I read The Brooklyn Paper “report” on the six-car pileup accident on Flatbush Avenue, bordering Prospect Heights.
“It is unclear whether the accident had any connection to a widely attended pro-bicycle rally which drew 250 people to Grand Army Plaza at around the same time. The accident and the rally were on opposite sides of Grand Army Plaza, but it is rare for so many people to be gathered at that hour on a weekday, so it is likely that traffic flow was affected,” says Thomas Tracy of The Brooklyn Paper.
Whether or not people were milling around Grand Army Plaza has nothing to do with a driver’s responsibility to drive safely. To suggest traffic calming advocates caused an accident can only be characterized as yellow journalism or a very poor opinion in a news report.
Source: Thomas Tracy, Six Car Pileup on Flatbush Ave., The Brooklyn Paper, http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/33/44/ps_flatbushpileup_2010_10_29_bk.html