New York Daily News Upper East Side Councilman Ben Kallos calls for traffic safety fixes in new report by Jan Ransom

New York Daily News
New York Daily News
Upper East Side Councilman Ben Kallos calls for traffic safety fixes in new report
Jan Ransom
10/02/2014

A report written with extensive community input, titled Livable Streets, spotlights the 10 most treacherous intersections --including E. 57th St. and Second Ave., where there have been nearly six collisions per month and Second Ave. crossings at E. 63rd and E. 60th Sts., which each record roughly five collisions per month.


City Councilman Ben Kallos from the Upper East Side calls for traffic safety fixes.

Pave those potholes, put up some new benches and give us more bike racks and better bus shelters.

And above all, make those crossings safer.

These are some of the improvements being sought by Upper East Side Councilman Ben Kallos.

A report written with extensive community input, titled Livable Streets, spotlights the 10 most treacherous intersections — including E. 57th St. and Second Ave., where there have been nearly six collisions per month, and Second Ave. crossings at E. 63rd and E. 60th Sts., which each record roughly five collisions per month.

“When I was running in my campaign, the No. 1 issue was transportation,” said Kallos, who noted that street safety is a blistering topic at community meetings.


Cops hold the scene for NYPD Highway CIS to investigate a collision involving a dump truck and a pedestrian at East 67th St and Second Avenue on Jan. 18, 2014.

The two-part report is the result of input culled from 60,000 district households and several community meetings.

The report also highlights the changes residents would like to see, including additional transit options on the East Side, bus shelters and benches for the elderly and disabled and improvements to poorly maintained streets, like E. 86th St. and East End Ave., where cracks and holes present hazards.

Residents also called for bicycle racks at a bevy of locations.

The Department of Transportation said it will consider the suggestions. “We are reviewing the report and look forward to working with the Councilman’s office to enhance safety in the areas he identified,” said agency spokesman Jose Bayona.

Issue: 
Transportation