What there is to know
- New York City announced Wednesday that it is investing in pedestrian safety at intersections — the primary site of pedestrian injuries and deaths — through the launch of new actions and improvements.
- Among announced new pedestrian safety investments, the DOT will make design improvements to 1,000 intersections to make them safer with improved traffic signals, raised crosswalks, and other pedestrian and pedestrian space measures. expanded visibility.
- Additionally, the NYPD will immediately begin expanded enforcement against drivers who fail to recognize the primacy of pedestrians in crosswalks.
New York City announced Wednesday that it is investing in pedestrian safety at intersections — the primary site of pedestrian injuries and deaths — through the launch of new actions and improvements.
Among announced new pedestrian safety investments, the DOT will make design improvements to 1,000 intersections to make them safer with improved traffic signals, raised crosswalks, and other pedestrian and pedestrian space measures. expanded visibility.
According to the city, intersections pose a safety problem in the Big Apple, where crashes at these sites typically account for 50% of all fatalities and 70% of all injuries.
Additionally, the NYPD will immediately begin expanded enforcement against drivers who fail to recognize the primacy of pedestrians in crosswalks.
“After the tragedy of 2021, when road deaths in New York reached their highest level in nearly a decade, we clearly need to energize Vision Zero – and fast,” Mayor Eric Adams said in a statement. communicated. “I thank my two Commissioners [from DOT and NYPD] for focusing early on on the application and design of intersections, where we have the tools that can and will save lives. Drivers need to know that intersections are where most accidents happen – and so if you don’t cross them safely, NYPD officers will make sure you pay the price.
DOT FOCUS ON INTERSECTION DESIGN
The DOT will begin new efforts focused on intersection design at 1,000 locations this year. These efforts include:
- Increased focus on intersections in street improvement projects: The DOT will use its comprehensive toolkit of street design treatments as the redesigns proceed, focusing on Vision Zero priority geographies, locations where fatalities and serious injuries have occurred, and areas of investment priorities as detailed in the New York City Street Map. These changes include new turn signals and “early starts” that allow pedestrians to enter the intersection before vehicles can turn.
- Raised pedestrian crossings: The DOT will initiate a program to build 100 raised pedestrian crossings at curb level each year.
- Bike corrals at intersections: DOT will light at least 100 intersections with bike corrals this year, as part of its planned installation of more than 10,000 bike racks by the end of 2022. Bike corrals at intersections help ensure visibility drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. They also prevent drivers from cornering or turning too quickly.
- Soothing parking and gas station: Curbs at high traffic locations like parking lots and gas stations, often at intersections, can create a hazard when drivers cross sidewalks unpredictably. The DOT will target dozens of these locations, largely outside of Manhattan, reducing drivers’ “shortcuts.”
- Double Turn-Calming Program: Studies show that drivers take turns slower when physical elements are in place to force turns at appropriate speeds. With that in mind, DOT is focusing those efforts at 100 intersections this year.
“As we take a new approach to Vision Zero, we know that intersections are where pedestrians and cyclists face the greatest danger – and we can and will make hundreds of crosswalks safer with a range of treatments, both new and more of the ones we know work. We will not be complacent or accept any lives lost on our streets,” Transportation Department Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez said in a statement.
A man is in critical condition after witnesses said a car ran a red light, rammed the victim as he crossed the street and then took off. Reporting by Marc Santia of NBC New York.
INCREASES NYPD ENFORCEMENT AT INTERSECTIONS
The NYPD will strongly enforce the non-yielding (FTY), a violation that places pedestrians and cyclists at particular risk at intersections, in an effort to double down on FTY 2021 enforcement efforts. Officers will have this new violation as a tool thanks to a new DOT traffic rule that went into effect Wednesday for those violations at more than 1,200 intersections across the city that don’t have traffic lights or stop signs.
The new traffic rule requires drivers and cyclists passing through these intersections not just to yield, but to come to a complete stop until a pedestrian has completely crossed the street.
“Keeping New York’s streets and everyone who uses them safe is paramount, and this new plan is essential to the NYPD’s important work with its city partners,” Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said in a statement. “The NYPD continues to be relentless in enforcing the laws, including this new rule that protects pedestrians crossing city intersections. Through the leadership of Mayor Adams and working hand-in-hand with the Department of Transportation in this new approach to Vision Zero, the NYPD will continue to innovate to make our streets safer.
PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
This month, DOT will launch a public awareness campaign “Stop. Let Them Cross” on social media and in community and media posts to raise awareness of the new stop rule for pedestrians at uncontrolled intersections.