Network Details Opportunities to Tame Streets
It's a new year, and the
battles to make nyc streets calmer and safer go on. While some of these
battles will take years, others are almost won. In January, the 100-member
Neighborhood Streets Network sent a letter to NYC Department of
Transportation's new commissioner Iris Weinshall presenting her with some of
the immediate opportunities that the DOT has to change the equation on the
streets. In the letter, the Network asked Commissioner Weinshall to:
Put the NYC Traffic
Calming Law to extensive use.
In September 1999, Governor Pataki signed the NYC Traffic Calming Bill into
law. This law allows speed to be set as low as 15 mph on NYC streets, when
used in conjunction with traffic calming. However, to T.A.'s knowledge, the
law has not been used, despite citywide acclaim and the strong backing of
Mayor Giuliani. The Network would like to see this law piloted on 100
streets-20 in each borough-and eventually used throughout the city. Simply
put, this law will save lives and make streets safer and more pleasant places
to live on. Its extensive use is now long overdue.
Construct full Safe Routes to School at Bronx elementary schools.
Being hit by a car is the
number one cause of death for kids aged 5-14 in New York City. The Bronx
is leading the five boroughs with the highest percentage of children hit.
Transportation Alternatives, in conjunction with the Bronx Borough President's
office, has developed plans for Safe Routes to School for almost 40 Bronx
elementary schools. To date, only one of the plans has actually been fully
Redesign the Grand
Concourse using the $9 million in available funds.
The Grand Concourse is one of the most dangerous streets for pedestrians in
the city. The DOT has a pot of over $9 million in federal capital funds
earmarked for the Concourse. The DOT has not been able to develop a
satisfactory plan for use of the funds, and the money continues to languish.
Fully fund the
construction of the Downtown Brooklyn Traffic Calming project.
The Downtown Brooklyn Traffic Calming project is the nation's largest traffic
calming project. However, there is no guaranteed funding for the project's
final construction. The NYC DOT should fund the final recommendations in the
downtown Brooklyn project using available city capital dollars and Congestion
Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ), enhancement, and STP safety funds.
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