FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Brewer and Kallos Intro Traffic Safety Measure
New York, NY– Traffic changes made by the Department of Transportation would require a month’s notice to Community Boards, under legislation introduced today by Council Member Ben Kallos and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. Under the “traffic notice” bill, community boards—the most on-the-ground community representation—would receive a minimum of one month’s notice for street direction changes, parking, turn regulations and more.
The bill will allow communities an opportunity to raise red flags or to prepare for and disseminate information about new traffic rules.
“Communities need to be informed about changes in traffic patterns – in order to ensure effectiveness and fair enforcement, as well as provide an opportunity for input when relevant. My office has been working with Community Boards and City agencies to improve traffic safety and help inform the Vision Zero initiative, and a key part of these efforts is doing more to improve transparency,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.
“No community should be taken by surprise by traffic changes,” said Council Member Kallos. “Our streets are places we rely on to travel and commute. Community members must have a say and a stake in the changes that affect their neighborhoods. Community boards are the first line of defense for communities, and increasing the information available to them will improve transparency and the decisions made.”
“Accountability, transparency and community are the bedrock of effective governance. As a district that experiences intense traffic—11.5 million tourists last year and 310,000 workers daily in 1.5 square miles -- we live everyday with decisions about traffic, safety and livability. Every crosswalk has neighbors and those neighbors are the experts on what works and doesn't work on their doorstep,” said Catherine Hughes, Chair of CB1, Manhattan.
"As the city prepares to improve dozens of intersections and corridors under Vision Zero, this bill ensures that the community will be properly informed about the coming changes,” said A. Scott Falk, Chair of the CB8 Transportation Committee.
"Community Board 7 supports the goals of Borough President Brewer and Councilmember Kallos's traffic notice bill. This legislation will allow for greater community input and response, and will also help us more efficiently get the word out to the Upper West Side about the critical DOT work going on in the neighborhood,” said Elizabeth Caputo, Chair of CB7, Manhattan.