Brewer: Broken Crosswalk Signals Endangering Pedestrians

by - January 18, 2010 at 9:19 am -

Councilwoman Gale Brewer’s staff found at least 13 crosswalk signals on the Upper West Side that told pedestrians to walk and don’t walk at the same time.

Throughout the neighborhood, new traffic signals (the ones with a red hand that means “don’t walk” and a picture of  awalking person that means “walk”) have been giving pedestrians mixed messages, with potentially dangerous consequences.

At 81st Street and Columbus Avenue for instance, all four traffic signals had both walk and don’t walk signs flashing at the same time, Brewer told the New York Post. Four pedestrians were injured at that intersection last year. The city Department of Transportation has since fixed the lights at the 81st street intersection, but faulty lights continue to crop up.

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  1. Harriet says...

    I heard on NY1 TV a few weeks ago that this problem is a function of a very low temperature messing up these signals in some way. I don’t know if the problem has disappeared since the temp got over 30. Obviously, it needs to be fixed….but it may not be a continuous problem.