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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Release #08-021

DOT Announces Second Set of Schools to Receive Street Safety Improvements Under “Safe Routes to School” Program

Program makes comprehensive street safety improvements around schools, has already made enhancements at the first set of schools citywide

NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan today announced the second set of 135 public and private schools to be targeted for far-reaching street safety enhancements under the DOT's Safe Routes to Schools program. The program has already completed short-term improvements at the first set of schools across all five boroughs, bringing improved crosswalks, new traffic medians and other traffic-calming measures such as speed bumps, new traffic signals and improved signs around 135 schools.

DOT has now identified the next group of priority schools by analyzing the latest available accident data around 1,436 public, private and parochial elementary and middle schools. Of these new schools, 25 are in the Bronx, 46 in Brooklyn, 23 in Manhattan, 33 in Queens and eight in Staten Island.

"Safe Routes to Schools takes a comprehensive view of the streets surrounding schools and tailors our best measures to reduce pedestrian accidents," said Commissioner Sadik-Khan. "Safe Routes, when combined with safety measures taken under our Safe Streets for Seniors program, comprises the largest traffic-calming campaign of its kind in the nation, and it's fitting that we are targeting our most vulnerable New Yorkers." A Request for Proposals (RFP) for a consultant to initiate individualized planning studies of the next set of 135 priority schools will be released this week. As with the first phase, the new study will identify traffic and pedestrian safety issues and propose short-term improvements and recommendations for long-term capital projects to improve safety. "We must calm traffic in areas near our children's schools," said Congressman Anthony Weiner. "Better signs, clearer crosswalks and better enforcement will need to be implemented." Congressman Jerrold Nadler said: "I am proud to support the Safe Routes to Schools Program. Traffic accidents are the leading cause of child injury-fatalities in New York City, and half of child pedestrian injury-deaths occurred within 700 feet of a school. We can protect these children and prevent fatalities with a few common-sense safety measures." Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez also was instrumental in securing federal funding to support the program. Since 2006, all the short-term plans have been completed at the first 135 schools, bringing 400 new crosswalks, 56 speed humps, painted medians and traffic calming measures along 14 corridors, and thousands of new signs to schools in all five boroughs. DOT also made signal timing changes or installed new signals at 25 locations and installed four automatic speed boards, which flash the speed of passing motorists. The Department of Design and Construction has begun construction of safety measures that require intensive capital construction at 12 schools and will start at an additional 20 schools next year. Earlier this year, DOT launched the Safe Streets for Seniors program. This initiative identified 25 senior pedestrian focus areas citywide that combine a high density of senior citizens and a high number of pedestrian accidents or injuries. Safety improvements have already been made in two of the five pilot study areas, including installation of refuge islands, vehicle turning bays, painted medians, extended sidewalk curbs, and improved signal phasing to increase pedestrian crossing times.

Second Round of Priority Schools

Brooklyn

  • BETH CHANA SCHOOL & ANNEX
  • P.S. 380 JOHN WAYNE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
  • J.H.S. 258 DAVID RUGGLES JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
  • M.S. 61 GLADSTONE H. ATWELL SCHOOL
  • P.S. 44 MARCUS GARVEY
  • P.S. 308 CLARA CARDWELL SCHOOL
  • P.S. 753
  • P.S. 274 KOSCIUSKO SCHOOL
  • P.S. 13 ROBERTO CLEMENTE SCHOOL
  • CHARLES O. DEWEY (I.S.136)
  • HELLENIC CHARTER SCHOOL
  • IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY SCHOOL
  • P.S. 1 BERGEN SCHOOL
  • DAVID GRAYSON CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
  • EPIPHANY LUTHERAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
  • P.S. 38 THE PACIFIC SCHOOL
  • P.S. 221 TOSSAINT L'OUVERTURE
  • P.S. 398 WALTER WEAVER SCHOOL
  • BROOKLYN STUDIO SCHOOL
  • P.S. 128 BENSONHURST SCHOOL
  • BNOS YERUSHALAYIM
  • J.H.S. 62 DITMAS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
  • P.S. 226 ALFRED DE BARON MASON SCHOOL
  • P.S. 230 DORIS L. COHEN SCHOOL
  • THE CHEDER SCHOOL
  • YESHIVA TORAH VODAATH
  • P.S. 209 MARGARET MEAD SCHOOL
  • ACADEMY OF HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM
  • P.S. 134
  • BNOS ISRAEL OF EAST FLATBUSH
  • SAINT EDMUND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
  • P.S. 41 WALTER F. WHITE SCHOOL
  • P.S. 165 IDA R. POSNER SCHOOL
  • TEACHERS' PREP SECONDARY SCHOOL
  • EBENEZER PREPARATORY SCHOOL
  • I.S. 232 WINTHROP INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
  • OUR LADY OF ANGELS SCHOOL
  • P.S. 135 SHELDON BROOKNER SCHOOL
  • P.S. 189 LINCOLN TERRACE SCHOOL
  • P.S. 208 ELSA EBELING SCHOOL
  • P.S. 244 RICHARD R. GREEN SCHOOL
  • P.S. 268 EMMA LAZARUS SCHOOL
  • P.S. 361
  • SAINT CATHERINE OF GENOA SCHOOL
  • SAINT STEPHEN'S LUTHERAN PAROCHIAL SCHOOL
  • P.S. 207 ECC (ANNEX)

Bronx

  • P.S. 157 GROVE HILL
  • P.S. 60 (New School #2)
  • HARRIET TUBMAN CHARTER SCHOOL
  • P.S. 132 GARRETT A. MORGAN SCHOOL
  • P.S. 140 EAGLE SCHOOL
  • FAMILY LIFE ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GRAND CONCOURSE ADADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL
  • JHS 166 ROBERTO CLEMENTE SCHOOL
  • P.S. 64 PURA BELPRE SCHOOL
  • P.S. 88 S. SILVERSTEIN LITTLE SPARROW SCHOOL
  • P.S. 170
  • P.S./I.S. 218 R. HERNANDEZ DUAL LANGUAGE MAGNET
  • GREAT EXPECTATIONS SCHOOL
  • P.S. 163 ARTHUR ALONSO SCHOMBERG
  • P.S. 28 MOUNT HOPE SCHOOL
  • P.S. 315 LAB SCHOOL
  • J.H.S. 45 THOMAS C. GIORDANO SCHOOL
  • P.S. 159 LUIS MUMOZ MARIN BILING SCHOOL
  • P.S. 23 THE NEW CHILDREN'S SCHOOL
  • SAINT MARTIN OF TOURS SCHOOL
  • OUR LADY OF REFUGE SCHOOL
  • P.S. 246 POE CENTER
  • P.S. 340
  • SAINT NICHOLAS OF TOLENTINE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
  • SCIENCE SCHOOL FOR EXPLORATION & DISCOVERY

Manhattan

  • THE LITTLE RED SCHOOL HOUSE
  • EAST SIDE COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
  • P.S. 20 ANNA SILVER SCHOOL
  • WINSTON PREPARATORY
  • FRIENDS SEMINARY
  • P.S. 116 MARY L. MURRAY SCHOOL
  • P.S. 47 AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE SCHOOL
  • BLESSED SACRAMENT SCHOOL
  • HOLY NAME OF JESUS SCHOOL
  • P.S. 75 EMILY DICKINSON SCHOOL
  • THE CALHOUN SCHOOL
  • PARK AVENUE CHRISTIAN CHURCH DAY
  • RAMAZ LOWER SCHOOL
  • ST JOSEPH'S SCHOOL(YORKVILLE)
  • KIPP STAR COLLEGE PREP CHARTER
  • OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL
  • P.S. 154
  • P.S. 83 LUIS MUNOZ RIVERA SCHOOL
  • SAINT ANN SCHOOL
  • COMMUNITY HEALTH ACAD OF THE HEIGHTS
  • P.S. 128 AUDUBON SCHOOL
  • P.S. 4 DUKE ELLINGTON SCHOOL
  • SAINT ELIZABETH SCHOOL

Queens

  • RAZI SCHOOL
  • M.S. 137 AMERICA'S SCHOOL OF HEROES
  • P.S. 88 SENECA SCHOOL
  • P.S. 92 HARRY T. STEWART SCHOOL
  • P.S. 148 RUBY ALLEN SCHOOL
  • P.S. 13
  • P.S. 16
  • SAINT BARTHOLOMEW SCHOOL
  • SAINT LEO SCHOOL
  • P.S. 69 JACKSON HEIGHTS SCHOOL
  • P.S. 239
  • P.S. 20 JOHN BOWNE SCHOOL
  • P.S. 169 BAY TERRACE SCHOOL
  • I.S. 59 SPRINGFIELD GARDENS SCHOOL
  • HOLY CHILD JESUS SCHOOL
  • P.S. 45 C. E. WITHERSPOON SCHOOL
  • P.S. 97 FOREST PARK SCHOOL
  • P.S. 62 CHESTER PARK SCHOOL
  • I.S. 230
  • P.S. 100
  • SAINT ANTHONY OF PADUA SCHOOL
  • ALLEN CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
  • P.S. 35 NATHANIEL WOODHULL SCHOOL
  • P.S. 118 LORRAINE HANSBERRY SCHOOL
  • P.S. 161 ARTHUR R. ASHE SCHOOL
  • P.S. 95 EASTWOOD SCHOOL
  • SAINT GERARD MAJELLA SCHOOL
  • WILLIAM SPYROPOULOS SCHOOL
  • CAMBRIA CENTER FOR GIFTED CHILDREN
  • GRACE LUTHERAN DAY SCHOOL
  • MERRICK ACADEMY-QUEENS PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL
  • THE BELLAIRE SCHOOL
  • SAINT ROSE OF LIMA SCHOOL

Staten Island

  • P.S. 20 PORT RICHMOND SCHOOL
  • P.S. 31 WILLIAM T. DAVIS SCHOOL
  • SAINT ADALBERT SCHOOL
  • SAINT JOSEPH PAROCHIAL SCHOOL
  • SAINT ROCH SCHOOL
  • OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE SCHOOL
  • P.S. 41 THE NEW DORP SCHOOL
  • SAINT SYLVESTER SCHOOL

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