We, the undersigned residents of Stuyvesant, wish to raise a matter of critical importance concerning the safety of our shared communal spaces, specifically the Stuyvesant Oval.
Year round, and particularly during the warmer weather, a number of children and young adolescents are frequently using bicycles, electric bicycles, scooters, and electric scooters in the oval at excessive speeds. In addition to this, many are engaged in distractions such as mobile devices while operating these vehicles. This lack of focus and control has led to an increase in potentially hazardous situations that compromise the safety and tranquility of the shared space.
We are equally concerned about the apparent lack of parental supervision and intervention in these instances, which compounds the safety risks. Despite clear community rules prohibiting the use of these recreational vehicles in the oval, enforcement appears to be inconsistent and insufficient. We believe this to not only pose a threat to physical wellbeing but also indicates an inequitable application of rules, which can be interpreted as discriminatory.
The following residents are particularly vulnerable under these circumstances:
-Elderly individuals who may struggle to evade sudden, unforeseen threats
-Persons with disabilities who may be at an added risk due to mobility challenges
-Parents with young children who can act unpredictably, increasing collision risk
-Pet owners whose animals may be startled or injured
-Any resident wishing to enjoy our shared space safely and peacefully
We appreciate that our vibrant community must find a balance between allowing the joy of youthful recreation and upholding safety measures.
However, it is evident that the current situation leans in favor of the former, to the detriment of residents who are endangered by the careless use of these recreational vehicles and lack of parental oversight.
Therefore, we kindly urge the management to review, and enforce the existing rules regarding the use of recreational vehicles in the oval. Our aim is to ensure these rules are applied uniformly and fairly for the safety and benefit of all residents.
We trust that you will consider our petition with the seriousness it merits, and we thank you in advance for your prompt attention to this crucial matter.