Data-driven Vision Zero efforts that incorporate a philosophy of accidents as being events that can be analyzed and thus prevented have been responsible for the institution of new technology in New York City, mandated By the department of transportation, specifically a couple thousand leading pedestrian interval signals.
The idea behind these PDLs is to give walkers a head start before intersection turners invade the road. A new twist on the use of the implemented technology is that now cyclists will have the ability to get the same head start. Being vehicular in nature, cycles will always have to yield to flesh and blood walkers. But, the new rule is a change from treating cycles like cars, as they are in fact very different.
- Vision Zero, aligned with the Department of Transportation, has spear-headed an ongoing program designed to be New York streets safer.
- To that end, there are 2000 new pedestrian interval signals installed across all five New York boroughs.
- These PIDs are created with the intent of giving walking traffic a head start before cars turn into an intersection.
“The DOT announced today that it will launch a pilot program allowing cyclists to follow these signals at 50 intersections across the city.”