2017-08-02 / Front Page

Pedestrian Safety



Councilman Paul Vallone’s bill to improve pedestrian safety near schools and parks was passed unanimously on July 27 by the City Council. This critical piece of legislation will require the Department of Transportation (DOT) to survey all intersections that are adjacent to a school or park that do not have pedestrian countdown displays. DOT will determine whether pedestrian countdown displays should be installed at such intersections and DOT will then be required, according to the bill, to install the displays within two years of the completion of the survey. Seniors and students are the most vulnerable when trying to cross intersections. Pedestrians account for 56% of all traffic fatalities, with children and seniors being the most vulnerable populations. New Yorkers over 65 years of age make up 13% of the population, and account for 33% of traffic fatalities. “I’m proud to stand with our principals, teachers, parents, students and seniors in our combined fight for safety around our schools and parks. This is an issue that must be addressed before another child or senior is injured just crossing a public street, in our community and throughout the city,” said Councilman Vallone. “The well- being of our children should be our number one priority and this bill will provide a major boost for the safety of all students and their families.” Vallone is seen here joined by officials including City Council Speaker Melissa Mark- Viverito, Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez. Councilman Paul Vallone’s bill to improve pedestrian safety near schools and parks was passed unanimously on July 27 by the City Council. This critical piece of legislation will require the Department of Transportation (DOT) to survey all intersections that are adjacent to a school or park that do not have pedestrian countdown displays. DOT will determine whether pedestrian countdown displays should be installed at such intersections and DOT will then be required, according to the bill, to install the displays within two years of the completion of the survey. Seniors and students are the most vulnerable when trying to cross intersections. Pedestrians account for 56% of all traffic fatalities, with children and seniors being the most vulnerable populations. New Yorkers over 65 years of age make up 13% of the population, and account for 33% of traffic fatalities. “I’m proud to stand with our principals, teachers, parents, students and seniors in our combined fight for safety around our schools and parks. This is an issue that must be addressed before another child or senior is injured just crossing a public street, in our community and throughout the city,” said Councilman Vallone. “The well- being of our children should be our number one priority and this bill will provide a major boost for the safety of all students and their families.” Vallone is seen here joined by officials including City Council Speaker Melissa Mark- Viverito, Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez.

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