Local residents say it’s time to do something about the dangerous conditions for pedestrians at the intersection of Delancey and Pitt streets.
At the monthly meeting of Community Board 3’s transportation committee, they outlined some of the safety issues. William Mojica, a longtime Lower east Side resident, cited statistics compiled by the advocacy organization, Transportation Alternatives, showing that three cyclists and four pedestrians have been injured at the intersection in the past two years. There have been 20 car collisions in the same period, he said.
Mojica noted that there are many schools in the area, as well as churches and synagogues. Residents said cars traveling from FDR Drive head west up Delancey Street at a high rate of speed, creating hazards along a heavily used pedestrian route. The community board panel agreed to ask the city’s Department of Transportation to look at traffic calming measures. Suggestions included: a traffic island and traffic signals. Support from several schools, including P.S. 110, P.s. 142 and Manhattan Charter School, helped the residents make their case.
The full board of CB3 will vote on the resolution next week’ passage is very likely.