Effort to Make NYC Streets Safer Paying Dividends

Jane E. Brody reports on the safety features New York City has instituted as part of an ambitious effort to completely re-engineer city streets.

February 8, 2012, 12:00 PM PST

By Jonathan Nettler @nettsj


As the numbers of pedestrians and cyclists in New York City have risen, a remarkable thing has happened, "the number of traffic-related deaths on city streets fell last year to the lowest level in a century, declining 40 percent since 2001."

Brody attributes these statistics to a plan-in-progress being led by the city's transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan, to re-engineer the city's streets with safety features such as, "pedestrian plazas, well-marked crosswalks, bike lanes (both segregated and shared with vehicles) and timed traffic signals that enable pedestrians to better judge their ability to cross streets safely."

According to Brody, "The city is also enhancing enforcement of traffic laws, with more summonses for drivers who ignore stop signs, sail through red lights, and talk or text on a handheld device while driving. But as Ms. Sadik-Khan acknowledges, this is only the beginning; a lot more must be done to make the city streets safer for people who wish to navigate them under their own steam."

Monday, February 6, 2012 in The New York Times

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