NEW YORK CITY – A news report posted on streetsblog.org states that the new Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez is promising to bring a “new approach to communication and strategy” to reduce pedestrian accidents in New York City. Commissioner Rodriguez is hoping to successfully tackle the “pandemic of crashes.” Rodriguez visited the midtown pedestrian accident that occurred recently.
Commissioner Rodriguez issued a media release stating that the priority on Day One is to increase cyclist and pedestrian safety by growing the number of dedicated bus lanes and protected bike lanes. The new Commissioner also wants to redesign intersections and increase automated enforcement technology. Rodriguez stated that his approach to the problem of pedestrian accidents would be more aggressive and more public.
Ben Fried, a spokesman for TransitCenter, stated that the new administration is going to be serious about decreasing traffic violence.
Eric McClure, the executive director of StreetsPAC, called Rodriguez’s approach “a big and welcome change.”
Bike New York’s Jon Orcutt stated that Rodriguez issued a strong message when he met with incoming NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell. “We arere highly encouraged,” said Mr. Orcutt.
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