The NYPD and the Department of Parks are reviewing a boardwalk safety proposal aimed at preventing vehicle-related attacks on the Riegelmann Boardwalk.
City Councilmembers Mark Treyger and Chaim Deutsch recently called for retractable fortified bollards at entry points to protect pedestrians in the wake of a deadly vehicle-driven attack in Manhattan last month.
Although the boardwalk is quieter in the cooler months, it still draws more than 14 million people annually and serves both locals and tourists who are passing through, visiting the oceanside, or stopping by one of the many historic destinations in the area.
The pair of politicians wrote to Mayor de Blasio, Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill.
“I thank NYC Parks Commissioner Silver and NYPD Commissioner O’Neill for evaluating our proposal and working to ensure the safety of Boardwalk visitors,” Treyger said. “The Coney Island Boardwalk is one of our city’s most iconic destinations, enjoyed by Coney Islanders, residents from across the city and tourists alike.”
Deutsch, who said he is encouraged by the consideration of the proposal, stressed the effectiveness of bollards as “the best protection” from vehicle-driven attacks.
“Every year, millions of people from around the world come to Coney Island to enjoy the iconic Riegelmann Boardwalk, and it is our obligation to ensure their safety,” he said.