The Department of Transportation (DOT) has identified communities with a high number of senior pedestrian accidents.
In these communities, traffic engineers are improving safety by:
- Shortening crossing distances
- Increasing pedestrian crossing times at signals
- Altering curbs and sidewalks
- Restricting vehicle turns
- Narrowing roadways
In addition, public educators are conducting pedestrian safety classes for seniors.
After safety improvements have been installed in the communities now identified for safety improvements, DOT will evaluate the Safe Streets for Seniors program to determine the benefit and cost of expanding it to other neighborhoods.
Learn more about the Safe Streets for Seniors program.
Pedestrian Signal Changes
In Safe Streets for Seniors Program neighborhoods, the timing and function of some pedestrian crossing lights may have changed. The "Walk" light may be on for less time and the "Don't Walk" sign may start flashing sooner, so that seniors can finish crossing safely. Also, the "Walk" light may go on while the traffic signal is still red to allow pedestrians to start crossing the street before the cars start turning across the crosswalk.
Program Boundaries and Schedule
Select neighborhoods have been identified for inclusion in the Safe Streets for Seniors Program. Senior Centers in these neighborhoods can provide you information about pedestrian safety training classes.
Get a list of Safe Streets for Seniors Program neighborhoods.
Program Suggestions and Contact Information
The Safe Streets for Seniors program accepts comments and requests.
Email the Department of Transportation.
Manhattan Borough Commissioners Office
Department of Transportation
59 Maiden Lane, 37th Floor
New York, NY 10038