DOT Initiatives for People with Disabilities

DOT has implemented a variety of programs to help make New York City’s public space safer, more accessible and more vibrant. These initiatives range from changing the timing of signals to allow additional crossing time for pedestrians to complete redesigns of major streets. The main goal of DOT’s projects is always to improve safety for all New Yorkers, including those with low vision and limited mobility.

Major Street Redesigns

DOT works to transform New York's streets to improve pedestrian safety, increase accessibility and enhance the environment. A typical project installs shorter, direct crosswalks; improves and expands public space; and simplifies intersections. The result is safer, more comfortable travel paths for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists alike. See a list of current and upcoming major street redesigns

Bike Lanes

Bike lanes make streets safer for all street users, but it is important for those who are blind or have low vision to be aware of the location of lanes. See a list of bike lanes in the City’s growing bicycle network

Pedestrian Plazas

Through this program, DOT creates more public open space by reclaiming underutilized street space and transforming it into pedestrian plazas, where New Yorkers can sit, rest, socialize, and to enjoy public life. Learn more about pedestrian plazas

Accessible Pedestrian Signals

Accessible pedestrian signals improve safety for pedestrians who are blind or who have low vision by assisting them in crossing the streets with short recorded messages and sounds. Visit a list of accessible pedestrian signals

Leading Pedestrian Intervals

These traffic signals give pedestrians a walk sign before showing a green light to car traffic. This gives pedestrians a chance to begin crossing the street before cars make turns across the crosswalk. Visit a list of leading pedestrian intervals

Exclusive Pedestrian Intervals

Some crossings have traffic signals that include a phase giving pedestrians time to cross the street while vehicle traffic is stopped in all directions. Visit a list of exclusive pedestrian intervals

Safe Streets for Seniors

Safe Streets for Seniors is a major pedestrian safety initiative for older New Yorkers. DOT engineers evaluate pedestrian conditions in targeted neighborhoods citywide from a senior's perspective and make safety improvements. Learn more about Safe Streets for Seniors

Pedestrian Ramps

Pedestrian ramps are an essential element of the City's ongoing efforts to remove barriers preventing individuals with disabilities, particularly those who use wheelchairs, from traveling throughout the City. Learn more about pedestrian ramps


DOT installs attractive and durable benches around the City, particularly at bus stops, retail corridors, and in areas with high concentrations of senior citizens. These benches make streets more comfortable for transit riders and pedestrians, especially for those who are older and disabled. Learn more about CityBench