Town has “fastened” greater than 1,200 harmful intersections to this point this yr, outpacing the 1,000-intersection goal it set firstly of 2022, Mayor Eric Adams stated Sunday.
The enhancements, which differ by intersection, embody including raised crosswalks, visitors indicators that give pedestrians a “head begin” and extra cease indicators, in addition to increasing protected pedestrian area into the roadway, based on metropolis officers.
“We’ve met our targets and have exceeded them,” Adams stated throughout an look in Manhattan.
Hizzoner in January pledged to make “security enhancements” at 1,000 intersections in 2022. On Sunday, the mayor stated town would in truth “repair” 1,400 by the tip of the yr.
“Crashes at intersections account for 50 % of all fatalities and seventy % of all accidents,” he stated.
“If we zero in on these harmful intersections, we might have an actual affect.”
Up to now this yr, town has put in 350 “all-way cease indicators,” constructed bike racks to increase pedestrian area at 100 intersections and added 100 raised crosswalks, officers stated.
Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez final week declared, “The way forward for New York Metropolis is car-free.”Credit score: Benny Polatseck/Mayoral
Town below Mayor Eric Adams will spend greater than $900 million within the subsequent 5 years to increase bike lanes and different “security” measures.NYC Mayor’s Workplace
Town added new pedestrian area on Eighth Avenue close to the Port Authority Bus Terminal.Credit score: Benny Polatseck/Mayoral
Adams spoke Sunday alongside Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez, who final week proclaimed town’s future was in “going car-free.” Sunday’s announcement came about on Eighth Avenue in Midtown the place town dramatically expanded the sidewalk.
Town claims to have made security enhancements at 1,200 intersections to this point this yr.New York Metropolis Division of Tran
“At six o’clock at night time, or at 5 o’clock, that is lined with an infinite quantity of pedestrian [traffic] which can all go into the [Port Authority] bus terminal — you’ll be able to’t transfer right here,” Hells Kitchen activist Christine Berthet stated of the brand new gravel pedestrian space. “This isn’t luxurious, it is a necessity.”
Requested whether or not he agreed with Rodriguez’s utopian car-free imaginative and prescient, Adams stated he “loves the idea.
“I feel you’re going to see an evolution of how these cities function,” the mayor stated. “Will it’s in my time in workplace? I doubt that. However clearly, you’re going to share extra dependable transportation infrastructure, and also you’re going to actually decrease the quantity of autos which can be used on our streets.”