Delancey Street Crossing Times Have Increased by 7 Seconds
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Pedestrians can breathe a sigh of relief. The Frogger-like dash across Delancey Street may soon conclude. Possibly.
Crossing times at every Delancey intersection were just increased by a total of seven ticks. Those entering the crosswalk now have about thirty-eight seconds to make it across the dangerous traffic artery.
Moreover, one of the city’s most dangerous intersections has also received extra time. There is now roughly forty-three seconds to cross Essex at Delancey.
These changes are permanent, and are likely a remnant of the overall safety measures implemented in the wake of Dashane Santana’s death two years ago. A spokesperson from the DOT tells us that, “We took 7 seconds from Delancey Street and gave it to the pedestrian crossing. This change provides enough flashing Don’t Walk (countdown) from curb to curb with a minimum 7 seconds of walk time. The pedestrian countdown display has changed from 15 to 30 seconds.”
Thus far, we’ve only noticed the new countdown take effect in the late morning hours.
Chalk up another safety improvement for “Vision Zero.”