It is time to remove the
midtown crosswalk barricades on 49th and 50th Streets at 5th and 6th Avenues.
The NYPD installed the much-despised barricades in 2000 to keep pedestrians
out of the way of turning vehicles. Instead, the barriers spurred dangerous
jaywalking-half of pedestrians ignore them-and did little to improve vehicle
speeds. With the advent of the DOT's successful Thru Streets program, which
More than half of pedestrians ignore the crosswalk barricades, such as this one at 5th Ave & 49th St in Manhattan, which have been rendered pointless by the DOT's Thru Streets initiative.