The agency will continue to design and implement pedestrian safety improvements, such as curb extensions, median refuges, and signal timing changes near schools and in neighborhoods with large numbers of aging New Yorkers. This effort is coupled with education and encouragement targeted at schools and senior centers.
Strategic Plan 2016 Initiative
Related OneNYC Initiative
Short-Term Milestones (by end of 2017)
DOT will continue to work with DDC to design and construct Safe Routes to School and Safe Streets for Seniors projects.
DOT implemented a number of School Safety projects in 2017, including projects on three Vision Zero corridors including Third Avenue in the Bronx, and Jamaica Avenue and Hillside Avenues in Queens. These projects calmed traffic to the benefit of students at over 30 nearby schools. DOT also implemented the Oceania St/210th Street project, which added a two way protected bicycle lane to calm traffic and provide cycling options next to MS 74 in in Bayside, Queens. Students from this school aided in project implementation. Working with DDC, DOT has 32 School Safety Capital projects in construction as of late December 2017, with another 46 projects in the pipeline.
In addition, DOT implemented a number of in-house Safe Streets for Seniors projects in 2017, such as the Myrtle Avenue/Fresh Pond Road project in the Ridgewood-Glendale Senior Area, which installed a painted curb extension to shorten crossing distance and an LPI for safer pedestrian crossings; the Eastern Parkway and St Johns Place project in the Brownsville Senior Area, which extended concrete median tips to shorten crossing distances; and E 138th Street in the Highbridge-Lower Concourse Senior Area, which installed concrete islands and painted pedestrian space to shorten crossing distances and create safer crossings.