Manhattan residents proposed solutions ranging from better enforcement of red-light turns to educating cyclists at Wednesday's town hall.
Approval from the New York State Senate will be necessary before the city is able to reduce speed limits—a measure proposed by many traffic safety advocates and one that is mentioned in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan to improve pedestrian safety.
Community Board 7 passed two transportation resolutions and tabled another at the monthly full-board meeting Tuesday night.
The plan, which aims to drastically reduce traffic fatalities across the city, echoes various proposals put forth by city and state politicians over the past month.
City Council member Helen Rosenthal and the family of Cooper Stock, a nine-year-old boy who was struck and killed by a taxi last month on West 97th Street and West End Avenue, are proposing a law that would mandate license suspensions and investigations for taxi drivers who kill or injure pedestrians.
Amid citywide criticism of police cracking down on jaywalking on the 96th Street and Broadway intersection, 24th precinct officials said that their focus remained on enforcing vehicular violations.
Despite pressure from local politicians to implement traffic-calming measures along a stretch of Morningside Avenue, Community Board 10 leaders said at a meeting last Thursday that they want a revised plan from the Department of Transportation before continuing discussions.
The Department of Transportation unveiled plans for extensive safety changes to the 96th Street and Broadway intersection at a public meeting with Community Board 7 on Thursday night.
The elderly Upper West Side resident who was knocked to the ground by police after jaywalking on Jan. 19 is filing a $5 million lawsuit against the New York Police Department.
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