Millman Announces Debut of Pedestrian Countdown Signals

August 18, 2010
Brooklyn – Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman is pleased to announce the installation of several pedestrian countdown signals in Downtown Brooklyn. Thanks to the New York Department of Transportation’s comprehensive Pedestrian Safety Study and Action Plan, a series of recommendations have been released, including the addition of 1,500 countdown signals around the city. The signals show LED numbers that display the seconds remaining for the pedestrian to cross. In 2011, such signals will be installed at intersections along Adams Street, Court Street and Cadman Plaza West.

Assemblywoman Joan Millman, a member of the Assembly’s Transportation Committee, stated “For years, I have been advocating for the installation of pedestrian countdown signals at dangerous intersections in the 52nd Assembly District. I thank the DOT for its efforts and look forward to the arrival of new countdown signals.”

“Pedestrians, especially senior citizens, people with disabilities and parents with young children, face dangerous conditions at wide intersection crossings. Simply knowing how many seconds remain greatly improves safety at the crossing, as evidenced by the results of DOT’s study. I will continue to urge placement of countdown signals at intersections where they are needed.”

The Pedestrian Safety Study and Action Plan revealed that pedestrians made up 52 percent of traffic fatalities in the City from 2005 to 2009 and are ten times more likely to die than occupants of a motor vehicle in a collision. Beginning in September, countdown signals will be placed at 250 dangerous intersections and the installation will continue for the next year.