New Countdown Clocks for Delancey Crosswalks

Posted on: August 31st, 2011 at 6:41 am by

Crossing Delancey just got a bit easier. Early yesterday morning, every intersection between Kenmare and Clinton Street received the long-anticipated crossing signals with countdown clocks. A few of the more dangerous junctions – Essex, Chrystie, Allen, Bowery – boast the technology at all four corners. Pedestrians can now cross this main thoroughfare with some ease of mind. No more second guessing the timers or ill-advised mad dashes a-la Frogger.

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Despite the significant signal action here, it’s still a defensive band-aid on a much larger traffic control issue along this east-west artery. In the last six months alone, there have been plenty of major accidents, the most recent being the death of a Brooklyn biker near Chrystie Street after losing control of his ride. That’s not to mention the random fender-benders resulting in more of an insurance nuisance.

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And remember that Delancey and Essex was designated one of the most dangerous intersections in all of Manhattan, sporting 523 motor vehicle accidents in the last twelve years.

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