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NYC DOT, NYC Parks Department, NYPD, and Central Park Conservancy Announce Safety Enhancements on Central Park Loop Drive

The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, NYPD, and the Central Park Conservancy today announced immediate safety enhancements along the Central Park Drives. In addition to a reduction of the speed limit inside Central Park from 25 to 20 MPH for all modes of transportation, four key crossings across the park will receive substantial enhancements, including highly prominent “Pedestrian Crossing” warning signs at the intersections, advisory 10 MPH speed signs, and advance pedestrian crossing signs before each intersection.  The advance signs will be reinforced with roadway markings near the sign locations, refurbished crosswalks and clearer lane use markings.
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NYC DOT Launches Third Annual “Bike to School” Competition to Encourage Active Transportation Choices and Safe Bicycling Practices

New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) launched its third annual Bike to School competition—an application-based, curriculum-driven, safety-education program that helps promote bicycling as a safe, healthy, and fast way to get around the city. Available to middle schools and high schools across the city, the program builds on past DOT Bike to School Day events to promote bicycling to school.
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NYC DOT, Alta and Citi Announce Agreement to Expand and Enhance Citi Bike Program in New York City

New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, Alta Bicycle Share incoming CEO Jay Walder, and Citi Executive Vice President for Global Public Affairs Edward Skyler today announced an agreement between the City of New York and Alta Bicycle Share to operate, improve, and double the size of the largest bike share program in North America. A $30 million infusion of private capital from Bikeshare Holdings LLC, a group of private investors acquiring Alta, supported by an increased sponsorship commitment from Citi of up to $70.5 million extended through 2024, and a $15 million increase in the credit facility from the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group will allow for the expansion and ensure the long-term stability of the system, making it more reliable and accessible for the thousands of New Yorkers who rely upon it. New Yorkers currently take more than one million trips every month on Citi Bike.
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NYC DOT to Install Steel Protection Beam at East 90th Street On FDR Drive

The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) will install a steel protection beam to prevent over-height vehicles from striking the overpass at 90th Street on the Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) Drive. The work will be conducted on Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19 and require full closure of the southbound FDR Drive from East 96th to East 78th streets from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m. The left lane on the northbound FDR Drive will be closed near the worksite at East 90th Street starting at 10 p.m. All lanes will reopen at 7 a.m. Read more

NYC DOT, NYPD, TLC and Elected Officials Announce Kickoff of 25 Days to 25 MPH Campaign

The New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, NYPD Transportation Chief Thomas Chan and Taxi & Limousine Commissioner Meera Joshi today announced the city’s 25 Days to 25 mph campaign in advance of the new default speed limit lowering from 30 to 25 mph taking effect Friday, November 7th, or 25 days from yesterday. The officials were joined by Transportation Chair Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, advocates, and community members in Prospect Heights, on Brooklyn’s Vanderbilt Avenue, a corridor with a current speed limit of 30 mph, which will be lowered to 25 mph. Read more

Suspension of Alternate Side Parking Regulations for October 14-15 near Queens Borough Hall

The New York City Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Department of Sanitation, today announced the suspension of Alternate Side Parking Regulations for Tuesday, October 14 and Wednesday, October 15 for streets near the Queens Borough Hall, to assist with the closure of the Queens Borough Hall Municipal Garage and Parking Field.  Read more

NYC DOT and Staten Island Officials Celebrate Second Round of Smart Lights Installation

DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg joined Borough President James Oddo, Council Minority Leader Vincent Ignizio, and Council Member Steven Matteo today in Staten Island to mark the second round of Smart Lights installation. Using an adaptive signal control system, Smart Lights can detect real time traffic conditions and request signal pattern changes from the DOT’s Traffic Management Center. The initial study by DOT shows that the lights have improved congestion in the six locations by rebalancing the number of cars lining up at the lights. Read more

NYC DOT Unveils “Your Choices Matter,” A New Public Awareness Campaign, as part of Vision Zero

The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) added new facets to a public awareness campaign called “Your Choices Matter.” The expanded campaign is aimed at motorists to make them realize that the choices they make behind the wheel matter. The campaign which began with urban panels at 57 subway entrances throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn has now been expanded to include 50 bus shelters and 3 newsstands and will continue to grow to placements in transit stations, billboards, radio, web, and videos through the end of the year. High-quality ad campaigns aimed at reducing reckless driving is one of the 63 Vision Zero policies.
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Suspension of Alternate Side Parking Regulations for October 7-8 near Queens Borough Hall

The New York City Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Department of Sanitation, today announced the suspension of Alternate Side Parking Regulations for Tuesday, October 7 and Wednesday, October 8 for streets near the Queens Borough Hall, to assist with the closure of the Queens Borough Hall Municipal Garage and Parking Field.

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Broadway Designated as One of 10 Great Streets in America By the American Planning Association

The New York City Department of Transportation today welcomes the American Planning Association’s (APA) designation of the Broadway corridor as one of the 10 Great Streets for 2014. APA celebrates places of exemplary character, quality, and planning, each year selecting 10 Great Streets, 10 Great Neighborhoods and 10 Great Public Spaces in the country. These places represent the gold standard for having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow that adds value to communities and fostering economic growth and jobs. Read more