Friday, May 1, 2015

Vision Zero update: New traffic signals planned for NYC's Hell's Kitchen

According to Chelsea Now, the NYC DOT plans to install "six to ten split-phase traffic signals in Hell’s Kitchen as well as tweak traffic flow in the surrounding area in order to ease rush hour congestion. The signals are also known as Protected Only Phase Signal (PROPS), a term coined by Community Board 4 (CB4) Chair Christine Berthet." The signals "separate the allotted times for pedestrian crossing and vehicle turning, the combination of which leads to a large share of traffic collisions." 

Other Vision Zero initiatives being proposed include: 

  • Exempting city bus drivers from the new law that charges a driver with a misdemeanor if they hurt or kill a pedestrian with the right of way in a crosswalk
  • Requiring large trucks to install metal guards that would prevent pedestrians from falling underneath the vehicle in the event they were struck
  • Requiring taxi passengers to wear seat belts
The DOT plans to complete approximately 50 Vision Zero safety projects in 2015.

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