In the next two weeks , a multi departments working group convened by Mayro DiBlasio to figure how to get to Vision Zero (zero vehicular deaths or serious injuries ) will release its findings. For all of us activists in the field of pedestrian safety, this moment in history is exhilarating. But it is not the time to relax and let the agencies decide our fate: remember that the usual suspects are writing the report: DOT engineers who cannot stand giving up any traffic time and the NYPD who loves to erect pedestrian barriers and give tickets for jaywalking!
We need to seize this unique opportunity to shape the agenda based on the communities’ experience on the ground. We are fortunate that this administration and all our elected officials are ready to listen: the time is now for the public to tell what we need and engage our elected officials to speak up on our behalf.
What do we need?:
To cross the street without conflict with cars
To cross the street when it rains or snows
A crossing when we need to cross long blocks on two-way streets
More space on sidewalks
Much less honking
Drivers who hurt or kill us to go to jail and lose their vehicle
Join us at these three events to speak up :
Borough President Gale Brewer and Transportation Alternatives:
Realizing Vision Zero In Manhattan
Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Office of MBP Brewer, 1 Center Street, 19th Floor.
Joint Hearing of City Council Committees of Transportation and Safety:
Oversight: Preventing Traffic Fatalities: Examining the Vision Zero Working Group’s Report
Monday, February 24, 2014 – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 pm
Council Chambers, City Hall
Senator Brad Hoylman Presents ” “Counting down to Vision Zero”
Tuesday , February 25, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 West 59th Street, 6th Floor ( 8/9)