Information is important because knowledge is power
The NYC Council is busy this week considering new proposed legislation that impacts the NYC driving public. Men and women at work. Will the following new proposed Bill ever see the light of day?
q. to provide to the public at no charge on the city’s website an interactive map, updated as often as practicable and necessary but not less than once per week, displaying all anticipated street closures to vehicular traffic, parking regulations and temporary changes to parking regulations; such map shall be searchable and sortable by time, date and borough. All information required by this subdivision shall be available on the city’s website as soon as practicable but in no case less than one week prior to any such closure or change, unless such closure or change to parking regulations is required for emergency reasons and one week notice is not obtained by the department, in which case such information shall be available within twenty-four hours of the department’s receipt of such information. Where such street closure is due to a street event, the sponsor of the event with appropriate contact information shall be provided as part of such interactive map. For the purposes of this subdivision, street event shall mean any street fair, block party or festival on a public street(s) where such activity may interfere with or obstruct the normal use by vehicular traffic of such street(s).
Here is a link to the full text of a “A Local Law to amend the New York city charter, in relation to requiring the department of information technology and telecommunications to post certain information regarding street closures and temporary parking regulation changes on the Internet.”
I love this Bill, and the concept of delivering information to the driving public by way of an interactive map. Just think, a place to visit on the City’s website where you can find temporary changes to parking regulations, and street closings in advance of D-Day. The Bill helps eliminate the gotchas and ambushes.
The sponsors are Council Members Garodnick, Brewer, Cabrera, Ferreras, Fidler, Gennaro, Gentile, James, Mealy, Mendez, Nelson, Palma, Rodriguez, Williams, Mark-Viverito, Van Bramer, Vacca and Koo. The current status is “Laid in Committee.”
Good luck, Council Members. Keep working!
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