New York City to install 1500 barriers to stop pedestrians being attacked

Marsha Scott
January 3, 2018

In that attack, investigators say a man inspired by ISIS drove a truck down a bike path, killing eight people.

New York City will install more than 1,500 new barrier posts on sidewalks and plazas to protect pedestrians from vehicles after at least two instances a year ago of drivers killing people after mounting the curb, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced plans to install almost 1,500 new permanent perimeter barriers, known as bollards, into the city's streetscape.

"You've seen the temporary barriers, but we knew we needed long-term solutions, permanent barriers, integrated into the life of the city, that still allow people to get around", de Blasio said.

Several sites in Manhattan have been given temporary concrete barriers in the wake of recent terror attacks involving vehicles.

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City Council member Ydanis Rodriguez, who introduced the legislation that led to the safety plan, said the barriers will ultimately make ny an "even safer, more walkable city".

The spate of vehicle attacks prompted discussion about what more the city could do to insulate pedestrian areas from traffic, and whether, in Times Square at least, it made sense to further reduce traffic along some blocks.

Bollards are not new to Times Square.

Last May, bollards on 45th Street eventually stopped the auto whose driver, high on PCP, had driven along three city blocks of sidewalk, killing an 18-year-old woman and injuring 20 people. The law means the city will place more bollards in strategic locations.

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