The City Council’s Transportation Committee is tackling a vexing problem, as part of a larger package of bills: how to measure NYPD enforcement efforts as they relate to traffic safety. Martin Treat has been resolute in his quest to gain this data from the various precincts, with very limited success. However enforcement is the third leg of the traffic safety triangle : Engineering , Education , Enforcement.
The proposed legislation package (Intros 370, 374, 376-A, 377-A) would institutionalize a strategy toward increased transportation safety for all street users, by ensuring that pedestrian safety studies are updated regularly, that preventive and remedial plans are designed and implemented, that various agencies work in a coordinated fashion to reduce deadly crashes. It would obtain crash and enforcement information.
On a tactical level, It would cause the DOT to normalize the traffic calming tool kit, to establish guidelines for its application and to communicate promptly on studies and conclusions.
Read the New york Times article on this matter
This is a terrific set of legislation on which we have a few suggestions.
City Council Transportation Committee – Pedestrian Safety
Wednesday, November 4, 2010 – 10:00 am
250 Broadway, 16th Floor
(Chamber Street, A, C, E, 2, 3)