Between 2004 and 2008, there were more than 150 accidents resulting in injuries on one stretch of Bowery between East Broadway and Canal Street, and one pedestrian was killed. As part of a Chinatown Traffic Calming Plan, the DOT is currently building three big medians to give pedestrians refuge in the middle of the busy boulevard; the work is expected to be completed before summer.
"We've got thousands of pedestrians that cross this street each and every day and a lot of them are seniors and kids," zealous DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan tells NY1. "We've got P.S. 124, P.S. 131, a lot of schools, a lot of seniors, lot of foot traffic. And so we're going to make it a better street, an easier street to cross, make it clearer to pedestrians where they need to go, and also giving them a refuge if they get trapped crossing the street." As one local resident opines, "There's too much cars, traffic around,"