City Aims To Improve Pedestrian Safety

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) — Hundreds of New York City crosswalks are getting pedestrian countdown clocks.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration studied the signals in a pilot program of 24 intersections. The city found that the countdown clocks were particularly helpful on wide streets with longer crosswalks.

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Starting this month, 1,500 intersections will get the clocks, which are common in cities around the country.

A woman who lives  near 57th Street and Ninth Avenue says the intersection is very dangerous.  “I’ve seen accidents here and I think it’s long overdue that they do something about it,” she told 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck.

The city chose intersections based on their roadway width and high rates of accidents with pedestrian injuries.

Officials said the countdown clocks will be standard for all new signals on wider streets.

“It’s probably the greatest improvement in civic organization since Mayor Giuliani got rid of the squeegy guys,” one New Yorker said.

Bloomberg’s administration also announced other measures to improve pedestrian safety. Those include a pilot program of 20 mph speed zones in some residential areas.

The city’s standard speed limit is 30 mph.

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One Comment

  1. Billy Boy says:

    Amen Amen. I hate it when my two-ton SUV gets dented by pedestrians or bicyclists as I’m speeding around a corner watching a video, talking on the phone, texting my crew, screaming at my kids in the backseat, and eating a supersize burger. Pedestrians should be held more accountable for my selfish and recless lifestyle choice.

    No, actually, all satire aside–cars are required to yield to pedestrians, so when you’re speeding around a corner in NYC, believe it or not, you’re actually supposed to have your eyes out for a pedestrian, or bicyclist or old lady or child. It’s called defensive driving and it’s based on the assumption that something unexpected is going to leap out at you as you steer your heavy, dangeorus vehicle around, so you’ve got to be extra cautious. Yet most New Yorkers, like the 2 jerks who already commented above, drive according to the idea of offensive driving, which is treating your car like it’s an extension of your living room and toilet, speeding along the city streets and who feel that pedestrians need to be more accountable for when they get creamed by one of these jerks in an SUV.

  2. Polly says:

    Amen. Pedestrians must be held more accountable.

  3. Amy says:

    It would also help if pedestrians actually paid attention to the signals and didn’t walk when the red hand is up.

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