Safer streets lead to a healthier New York City. Active transportation -- biking, walking, or rolling to work, school, or around the community -- is an easy and convenient way to increase physical activity.
Safe and well-designed streets provide a convenient opportunity to get the recommended amount of daily physical activity and would help New Yorkers lead healthier lives.
Right now, there is a bill before the NYC Council that would require that NYC DOT use a checklist of street safety elements - like wide sidewalks, enhanced pedestrian crossings, and bike lanes - every time they undertake a major street repair. That would ensure that our streets would have these modern safety features and NYC DOT wouldn't automatically maintain the outdated street design we see on many of our roadways.