Last Updated on March 15, 2016 by Lawrence Berezin
The DOT undertakes numerous projects to promote safe streets in NYC
Navigating the highways and byways of NYC is not for the faint of heart. Passenger vehicles, pedestrians, cabs, buses, motorcycles, and trucks fight for their fair share of our NYC roadways and curb space. This lethal mix of metal can result in series consequences, such as:
- Car-bus collisions
- Motor vehicle-pedestrian collisions
- Costly parking tickets
- Costly traffic tickets
What actions does the DOT take to promote safe streets in NYC?
A myriad of safe street projects
Here is the DOT web page devoted to its current projects. Check ’em out by clicking on the image below:
The Queens Boulevard Safety Project
The DOT is in the process of re-designing Queens Boulevard in reaction to concerns expressed by the community:
- Overall unsafe feeling
- Uncomfortable to bike (250 bicyclists using Queens Boulevard every day)
- Unsafe and unpleasant pedestrian environment at intersections
- Need for more and better pedestrian crossings
- Excessive pedestrian fatalities despite crossing at intersection with signals
Here are some of the highlights of the Queens Boulevard Safety Project
Two-way protected bike lane on Chrystie Street
- 2,989 cyclists in 14-hour period
- Heart of Citi-Bike service area
- Improve dangerous design flaws
- Loading and double parking in bike lane
Here’s a slide show that provides details of the project (click on the image below)
Safe streets for all stakeholders is a wonderful mission. Kudos to the DOT for its ongoing hard work to accomplish this mission.
Please take note of new traffic patterns and new parking patterns when work is being done on our sidewalks and roadways. Just because it was doesn’t mean it still is and will be the same rules.
Always, park safely.