Community Boards ID Dangerous Streets

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Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer has asked each community board in the borough to identify the worst traffic spots for pedestrians

Last week, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer released a very long list of what community members say are problematic intersections and streets for pedestrians in Manhattan. The list is compiled by each of the borough’s 12 community boards, which used their own criteria to determine what spots are most deserving of the city’s attention. Brewer released the list to the public and sent it to both NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton and Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, asking them to consider these community-determined dangerous hot spots in their work on the mayor’s Vision Zero project, aimed at eliminating pedestrian deaths in the city.

“Each Community Board used its own criteria to develop its list, and so the reasons for concern are varied,” wrote Brewer in her letter to Bratton and Trottenberg. “Some reasons given by Community Boards for inclusion of certain locations on their lists include, but are not limited to: (1) the location has been the site of pedestrian casualty and injury; (2) the location has been the site of speeding; (3) there may be crossing problems at the location due to turn off and signal timing; (4) signage at the location may be missing or obstructed; (5) there may be traffic enforcement issues at the site; (6) conditions and detours due to construction may exist; (7) there may be concerns over the width of an avenue and the time it takes to cross; (8) an intersection may have complex characteristics; and (9) other factors that may impact pedestrian safety.”

Below is the list from the Upper East Side’s community board.

Community Board 8

1. Park Avenue Between 95th Street and 96th Street

2. Streets around Ed Koch-Queensboro Bridge Between East 59th and East 65th Streets

3. East 72nd and 3rd Avenue

4. Park Avenue Between 95th Street and 96th Street

5. East 60th and 3rd Avenue

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