Responding to requests by community groups regarding pedestrian concerns at local traffic intersections, NYS Senator Daniel Squadron petitioned the NYC Department of Transportation to install Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPIs) where Hicks Street and Atlantic Avenue cross as well as at the intersection of Congress, Bergen, and Court Streets. Following is a press release issued today by Senator Squadron’s staff.
At the request of State Senator Daniel Squadron, a Leading Pedestrian Interval (LPI) is currently being implemented by the city Department of Transportation (DOT) at the intersection of Hicks Street and Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. This follows the successful implementation, earlier in the summer, of another LPI at the intersection of Congress, Bergen, and Court Streets, requested by Senator Squadron, the Cobble Hill Association, and Brooklyn Community Boards 2 and 6. This LPI is in the vicinity of several schools, including the Brooklyn Heights Montessori School and the Brooklyn Preschool of Science.
‘Nothing is better than a walk around the neighborhood, and now whether crossing Court Street or heading to Brooklyn Bridge Park, it’s going to be safer and more comfortable than ever before,’ said State Senator Daniel Squadron. ‘I thank the DOT for heeding our call to improve these difficult crossings. I look forward to continuing to work with them, Community Boards 2 & 6, and community groups to keep making our neighborhoods safer and more livable.’
Leading Pedestrian Intervals give pedestrians a 3-5 second walk signal before a traffic light turns green for vehicles. This allows pedestrians a chance to begin crossing the street before vehicles make turns across the crosswalk, and can cut down on potential injuries at crowded intersections.
PHOTO CREDIT: New York State Senate