In the wake of the death of 51-year-old Patricia Cuevas, who was struck and killed by a garbage truck crossing Delancey Street at Essex Street last Tuesday, state senator Daniel Squadron, city councilmember Margaret Chin and Transportation Alternatives said in a joint press release that they they would "ask the DOT to fix" the "unacceptable," unsafe conditions at the location in the Lower East Side, which Squadron calls "one of the most dangerous intersections in the city."
TA director Paul White goes on to cite the "119 motor vehicle crashes with pedestrians and cyclists there between 1998 and 2008 alone…it's high time we put pedestrians first and deploy life-saving street improvements." Such improvements may include "curb extensions, pedestrian refuge islands, and extended, dedicated pedestrian walk times," which in our anecdotal experience living nearby, would be crucial. Pedestrians barely have 20 seconds to cross Delancey before traffic comes barreling through.
Correcting this intersection would go a long way in bolstering the DOT's position that New York is "the safest big city." But even with "historic lows in citywide traffic fatalities," it can still be dangerous to be a pedestrian here, as cars routinely jump curbs, injuring and killing bystanders. You can read the entire press release here.