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Dangerous parking spaces force city council to introduce bill

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio implemented Vision Zero in an effort to reduce the number of traffic fatalities and injuries. In a related move, the city council has a bill pending now that could remove at least 200 parking spaces close to crosswalks throughout the city.

Currently, eight parking spots at 25 crosswalks throughout the city have been identified as dangers. The chairman of the council’s transportation committee said, “You improve the visibility for drivers and you also create better conditions for cyclists and pedestrians to cross in those intersections.”

The bill would require that there be no parking spots within 15 feet of a crosswalk that has been designated as dangerous to cyclists and pedestrians by the city’s Department of Transportation. An Inwood intersection had a similar makeover, and with it came a reduction in accidents.

Not everyone is behind the idea, though. According to a spokesman for AAA Northeast, there aren’t enough parking spots in the city right now, which makes it more difficult for motorists to find somewhere to park. However, safer streets for all remain a priority for this administration. A councilman also would like the DOT to address some of the dangerous city bus routes, construct higher curbs and begin other safety-related projects.

When a pedestrian or cyclist is struck by a vehicle in a crosswalk, there is a significant chance of serious injuries or death. Personal injury attorneys help victims recoup compensation for injuries suffered and damages sustained in motor vehicle accidents. Lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills and more may be claimed in a civil lawsuit against the liable parties.

Source: New York Daily News, “EXCLUSIVE: NYC Council introducing bill to remove dangerous parking spots,” Dan Rivoli, Sep. 17, 2015


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