DOT Amendment to Traffic Rules -- Pedestrian Control Signal
Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments
The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is authorized to make rules regarding pedestrian traffic in the City pursuant to Section 2903(a) of the New York City Charter. The rules that DOT is seeking to amend are contained within Chapter 4 (“Traffic Rules and Regulations”) of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York.
Local Law 115 of 2016 amends the New York City Administrative Code by adding a new Section 19-195 regarding pedestrian control signals. Based on the provisions of Section 19-195, this proposed rule:
• Adds a new definition for the term “pedestrian countdown display” to Section 4-01(b) of Title 34.
• Conforms the provisions in Sections 4-03(a)(2)(ii) and 4-03(c) of Title 34, regarding traffic and pedestrian control signals and pedestrian right of way, to the newly enacted Local Law 115 of 2016.
• Corrects an internal cross-reference within Section 4-04(a) of Title 34.
In 2014, Mayor de Blasio launched the Vision Zero action plan – an ambitious plan to reduce traffic fatalities in New York City. Vision Zero accepts no traffic fatality as inevitable. Vision Zero allows government agencies, industry groups, key transportation stakeholders and the public to understand traffic crashes as the result of a series of actions that can be changed or prevented through enforcement, education and design. The Mayor has signed several local laws to implement Vision Zero. Each law mandates specific requirements for one or more of the agencies involved in directly implementing Vision Zero. This proposed rule supports the goals of Vision Zero.