T.A. Coalition Tackles
The neighborhood Streets
Network (NSN) is a citywide coalition of 100+ block associations and civic and
business groups working for quiet, safe, traffic calmed streets. The Network
represents a remarkable cross-section of groups, large and small, from all
over the city-from Brooklyn Heights to eastern Queens, and from the South
Bronx to lower Manhattan.
The Network was formed in
1994 by T.A., inspired in part by the campaign to calm traffic in Downtown
Brooklyn. The Network's goal is to unite local groups that are working to calm
traffic into a potent coalition pushing for citywide policy changes. Among the
Network's victories were the passage in 1999 of the NYC Traffic Calming Law,
the installation of 500 speed humps around the city, and the development of
traffic calmed 'safe routes to schools' around almost 40 Bronx elementary
schools from 1997-2000.
A traffic calming scheme
prepared for a NSN member. This design uses neckdowns, a raised crosswalk, and
speed humps to create a "slow street" where neighborhood residents,
not speeding cars, come first. The NSN is pushing for this kind of streetscape
all over the city.
The Network has four goals:
Slow and reduce traffic on
Traffic calming tools such as speed humps, neckdowns, raised crosswalks and
medians slow speeds, save lives, and make streets more pedestrian and
neighborhood friendly. The NYC Traffic Calming Law, passed in October 1999,
allows for speeds as low as 15 mph when used in conjunction with traffic
calming. This law, if implemented widely and effectively, could place NYC at
the forefront of U.S. traffic calming and pedestrian safety.
Create "Safe Routes To
School" programs at schools citywide.
Getting hit by a car is the number one cause of death and injury for NYC
children ages 5-14. The Safe Routes to School program works to create safe
walking conditions around NYC elementary schools. From 1997 to 2000, the
program worked with parents, faculty, and students to create safe walking
corridors at 36 Bronx elementary schools.
Increase pedestrian safety on
major thoroughfares and dangerous intersections.
Big streets like Queens Boulevard, and the Grand Concourse should be thriving,
pedestrian-friendly retail centers. Instead, they serve as speedways that are
intimidating and dangerous to cross, and divide and isolate neighborhoods.
These streets and intersections need comprehensive pedestrian improvements,
including increased 'walk' cycles, pedestrian-only walk phases, red-light
cameras, speed cameras, and traffic calming.
Increase funding for
pedestrian, bicycle and traffic calming projects.
A study by the Network shows that current government spending is severely
skewed toward motorists. Quadrupling the money spent on pedestrian safety
would result in dramatically safer streets for pedestrians.
For more information on the
Neighborhood Streets Network, call 212-629-8080, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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