Long Island Streets was out at the Long Beach LIRR station for a City of Long Beach-MTA press conference with City Councilman Anthony Eramo, City of Long Beach New York Police DepartmentCommissioner Tangney, and MTA representatives. They announced a partnership in addressing public safety and the installation of new cameras.
Several cameras were installed in the bus-train station to increase safety and deter crimes including bike thefts. Long Beach has the highest amount of train station bicycle commuters on the LIRR. On a cold November day, you'll find 200 bicycles in the area. With this comes the highest amount of bicycle thefts in the city.
Encouraging commuters to bike, bus or walk to the bus-train station rather than driving in important. Public safety can be a factor for people opting to drive instead of choosing another mode.
“It’s a Long Beach rite of passage to have your bike stolen here,” Blanchette said. “It’s such a normal part of living here, and that’s wrong.” (Newsday 11/20)
We would encourage the city to continue on improvements for safety not just in the station, but connecting routes with emphasis on pedestrian access by JJ Evans / Edwards Boulevard. This has been a highly problematic and expensive intersection requiring "Specials" stationed in the summer as glorified crossing guards.
LInk to Newsday article here.