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Press Releases for 2013

NYC DOT and NYPD Announce Nighttime Closure of Queens-Bound Outer Roadway of Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, Increasing Safety on This Important Crossing

The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) and New York City Police Department (NYPD) today announced that the single lane of Queens-bound outer roadway of the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic from 9 p.m. through 6 a.m. each day, reducing the potential for speeding and other unsafe nighttime driving when the lane is underused, while providing sufficient capacity for traffic volumes on the inner and upper roadways at all times of the day. Taking effect at 9 p.m. on Monday, December 30, the nightly closure follows a review of existing safety measures, traffic volumes and travel speeds following the recent deadly crash at the Queens end of the outer roadway. Read more

NYC DOT Launches Anti-DWI Campaign at Barclays Center, Home of the Brooklyn Nets

New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan today launched “Choices,” a new multi-platform advertising campaign targeting DWI, a killer on New York’s streets not only during the holiday season, but throughout the year. While traffic fatalities remain at historical lows, fatalities resulting from DWIs have increased 125% in only the past three years. This new campaign includes two ads featuring an individual holding both a set of keys and a beer bottle in his hand, facing the choice of a cab or police cruiser in one, and a subway stairwell or hearse in the other. The ads read “WHERE TO: HOME OR CENTRAL BOOKING?” OR “WHERE TO: THE SIX TRAIN OR SIX FEET UNDER?,” with the message “THE CHOICE IS SIMPLE. CHOOSE NOT TO DRINK AND DRIVE.” According to DOT and NYPD data, there were 16 DWI-related traffic fatalities in 2010, 23 in both 2011 and 2012 and 36 so far in 2013. The campaign is the second of two to launch during Safe Holiday Driving Week, as DOT unveiled an ad campaign focusing on reckless driving Monday. Commissioner Sadik-Khan was joined by former Net and current organization scout Kerry Kittles, team public address announcer David Diamante, the Brooklynettes dancers and the BrooklynKnight team mascot inside the GEICO Atrium at Barclays Center in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Read more

NYC DOT, NYC DDC, 125th Street BID and Assembly Member Wright Announce the Installation of First City Light, a Distinctive New Street Lighting Design, the Latest Improvement Along the 125th Street Corridor

New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, Department of Design and Construction Commissioner (DDC) David Burney, Assembly Member Keith L. T. Wright and the 125th Street Business Improvement District (BID) today announced the installation of the first City Light, a distinctive new street light fixture design, the first of 64 improved street lights to be installed along the West 125th Street corridor in the next year. The sleek new design from architect Thomas Phifer and Partners, lighting designer Office for Visual Interaction and engineering firm Werner Sobek was the winner of an international design competition held by DDC, and seamlessly fits the world-famous Harlem streetscape while providing crisper light through light-emitting diodes (LED) and complementing recent changes to the corridor. The street lighting upgrades were long-supported by the 125th Street BID and funded with a $556,000 grant from Assembly Member Wright as well as $1.5 million from the city for upgrades to area traffic signals. The City Lights will be installed between Fifth Avenue and Morningside Avenue, replacing the existing, 1960s-era design and improving the quality of life for thousands of residents and visitors while aiding area small businesses. The Commissioners and Assembly Member were joined at the event by representatives of Community Boards 9 and 10 and local elected officials. Read more

Suspension of Alternate Side Parking Regulations for Tuesday, December 17

The New York City Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Department of Sanitation, today announced that Alternate Side Parking regulations will be suspended citywide tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, to facilitate snow removal.

Payment at parking meters will remain in effect throughout the City.

In Advance Of Holiday Travel Season, NYC DOT Launches Traffic Safety Ad Campaigns Featuring Families of New Yorkers Killed by Distracted, Reckless Drivers

New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan today launched Reckless Driving Kills, a new advertising campaign targeting dangerous driving in advance of the holiday travel season, when millions of New Yorkers drive to visit families and loved ones. While traffic fatalities remain at historical lows, pedestrian fatalities remain particularly concerning and are on the rise in New York City this year compared with the last two years. The new campaign focuses on images of New Yorkers holding a picture of a family member killed in a traffic crash while standing at the location where the crash occurred. One ad is of Audrey Anderson, a Queens resident whose 14-year old son Andre was killed in 2005 while riding his bicycle in the Rockaways. “A driver hit my son riding his bicycle on Shore Front Parkway. Andre should be turning 23 this year,” says the ad. The other features David Shephard, whose fiancée Sonya Powell was killed on Black Friday in 2009 by a speeding driver in a crosswalk in the Bronx. That ad reads, “My fiancée was hit and killed by a driver while crossing Baychester Avenue. This year would have been another anniversary.” The ads will appear beginning next month on bus shelters, billboards and street advertising in areas found to have high rates of reckless driving, and also on radio airwaves and via social media outlets. According to state DMV data, 48 traffic fatalities in New York City in 2012 were attributable to driver inattention or distraction, 59 traffic fatalities involved speeding and 34 fatalities were attributable to failure to yield the right of way. Final statistics for 2013 won’t be finalized until early next year, but preliminary figures show pedestrian fatalities increasing this year, fueled by crashes involving these and other factors, and many vehicles mounting sidewalks and striking pedestrians. The campaign is the first of two that will launch this week in advance of the holiday travel week, as a supplemental ad campaign targeting driving while intoxicated will follow.
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Suspension of Alternate Side Parking Regulations for Saturday, Dec. 14

The New York City Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Department of Sanitation, today announced that Alternate Side Parking Regulations will be suspended citywide tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, to facilitate storm preparation and snow removal.

Payment at parking meters will remain in effect throughout the City.

NYC DOT Publishes First-Ever Metric for Measuring Economic Benefits of Safer, More Sustainable Streets, Providing Innovative Planning and Outreach Toolkit for Cities Worldwide

New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan today released “The Economic Benefits of Sustainable Streets,” demonstrating the nation’s first set of metrics for assessing the local economic impact of complete street projects, including protected bike lanes, pedestrian plazas, Select Bus Service routes and other safety enhancements implemented in New York City over the last seven years. The innovative report outlines a methodology designed to be easily replicable in other cities, states and municipalities, including the benefits of using aggregated, local business retail sales data to track neighborhood impacts; the choice of viable comparison areas to study, providing for a rigorous analysis; and tools for interpreting results to account for specific concerns such as highly-seasonal shopping patterns and business turnover, among numerous other technical factors. The report is available for download at nyc.gov/dot. Read more

After First 200 Days of Citi Bike, NYC DOT Releases New Data Showing that Significant Numbers of New Yorkers are Biking, Complementing Transit System

New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan today announced that according to new data collected since the launch of Citi Bike, New Yorkers make an estimated 113,000 trips on personal and bike share bicycles combined daily in the bike share service area alone, the most definitive estimate ever reported on actual bike ridership in New York City. These 113,000 trips are more than the combined daily ridership on Manhattan’s two busiest bus routes and equivalent to 29 percent of the number of yellow taxi trips originating in the service area in parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan below 60th Street. The numbers are also consistent with previous counts by DOT and also with estimates from other previous citywide surveys, which found that New Yorkers made 311,000 private bike trips daily citywide before Citi Bike, for an estimate of 342,000 daily bike trips citywide. NYC DOT also released survey results from Citi Bike users, showing that New Yorkers are using bike share in tandem with public transit and many have switched from driving to bike share since the system was launched in May 2013. In the system’s first 200 days, Citi Bike users took 5.8 million trips for more than 11 million miles, including more than 19,000 trips yesterday, when the temperature was at or below freezing the entire day. The system currently has 95,000 annual members and another 350,000 have purchased daily and weekly memberships. The busiest stations are clustered around high-traffic transit hubs like Grand Central Terminal, Pennsylvania Station and Union Square, as well as at individual stations at West and Chambers streets; at the Astor Place subway station; and at Petrosino Square, adjacent to the Spring Street No. 6 station.
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Suspension of Alternate Side Parking Regulations for Tue., Dec. 10

The New York City Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Department of Sanitation, today announced that Alternate Side Parking Regulations will be suspended citywide today, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, to facilitate snow removal.

Payment at parking meters will remain in effect throughout the City.

NYC DOT Commissioner Sadik-Khan Announces Innovative New Neighborhood Plaza Partnership, Providing Funding and Creating Jobs For New Public Spaces Through Major Gift From Chase

New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and City Council Member Julissa Ferreras joined executives of Chase in Corona Plaza today to announce the launch of the new Neighborhood Plaza Partnership (NPP), a program designed as a model for providing financial and logistical support to communities to maintain clean, green and vibrant public plazas in neighborhoods across the city. Managed by the Horticultural Society (The Hort), NPP will provide local partners with affordable, high-quality plaza maintenance and horticulture care; create transitional jobs for 100 former convicts through workforce development programs with the Association for Community Employment Programs for the Homeless (ACE NY); and provide long-term support at these vibrant community spaces. The NPP is launching with a major $800,000 leadership gift provided by Chase. With 59 pedestrian plazas installed, in planning or under construction across the city, DOT’s Plaza Program has used inexpensive, temporary materials as well as seating, planters and other amenities to convert underused areas of city streets into safe, green pedestrian spaces, providing significant local benefits and aiding area businesses, as DOT works to build out these spaces using permanent materials. For each plaza, local partner organizations provide maintenance and community programming, often relying on voluntary contributions of time and funding. The NPP will provide employment to reformed convicts and train them to maintain plantings at participating locations, creating jobs, helping stabilize New York City neighborhoods from East New York to Ozone Park to Corona and providing resources where they are needed most. Chase Global Philanthropy and Council Member Ferreras also presented a “Daily Point of Light Award” to Edgar Gutierrez, manager of Walgreens on Corona Plaza, for his efforts to engage local businesses in the creation and care of this popular plaza space. Read more