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Pedestrian Crossings at Central Park South and Sixth and Seventh Avenues.

WHEREAS, The community in the vicinity of Central Park South has raised concerns about the safety of pedestrian crossing at Central Park South at Sixth and Seventh Avenues; and

WHEREAS, The traffic at Sixth Avenue feeds into the Park Drive at Central Park South which is closed for large portions of the day requiring vehicular traffic to turn east or west rather than going straight; and

WHEREAS, Three bus lines and many taxis turn west on Central Park South and Sixth and south on Seventh Avenue at Central Park South; and

WHEREAS, The crossing intervals for pedestrians, especially for senior citizens and people with disabilities, is too short and makes it difficult for people to cross at both Sixth and Seventh Avenues and Central Park South; and 

WHEREAS, Transportation Alternatives recommends a standard of 2.5 feet/second be used in calculating pedestrian street crossing time, while the NYC Department of Transportation uses 4 feet/second; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five requests the NYC Department of Transportation undertake a review of traffic signaling at the intersections of Sixth and Seventh Avenues at Central Park South, including an examination of increasing leading pedestrian intervals and utilizing Barnes’ Dances, with the goal of providing all pedestrians safe crossing at these intersections.

The above resolution passed with a vote of 30 in favor, opposed, 2 abstentions.   

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