It's Too Easy to Kill Pedestrians in New York City

Pedestrian deaths in New York City are on pace to eclipse homicides in 2014.

On January 30, Community Board 7 convened to discuss pedestrian safety improvements at Broadway and 96th Street. Before transportation officials got to that, though, they told the packed room at the Goddard Riverside Community Center about West End Avenue, where they adjusted the signal to give pedestrians six additional seconds. They plan to daylight the intersection too, removing three parking spaces to increase visibility. At Broadway and 96th, among other improvements, they propose banning two kinds of left turns and installing a new crosswalk.

Cooper Stock's uncle, Barron Lerner, spoke at the meeting. "The fact that plans drawn up by citizen activists in 2008 and 2010 to fix the traffic problems in this area were not acted on makes us sick," Lerner said. "We beg you: Please do not let politics, bureaucracy and interest group squabbling prevent meaningful reform in the name of Cooper and the other innocent victims of reckless, careless, and distracted drivers."

The changes, if Community Board 7 approves them, could be implemented as soon as early March.

Illustration by Tom Carlson
Steve Vaccaro speaks at the Upper West Side vigil.
Anna Zivarts
Steve Vaccaro speaks at the Upper West Side vigil.

tstuart@villagevoice.com

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