FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2011
MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION ENHANCING CITYMAP WITH INFORMATION ABOUT STREET CLOSURES AND PARKING REGULATIONS
Remarks by Mayor Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws
“The final bill before me is Introductory Number 458-A, sponsored by Council Members Garodnick, Brewer, Cabrera, Ferreras, Fidler, Gennaro, Gentile, James, Mealy, Mendez, Nelson, Palma, Rodriguez, Williams, Mark-Viverito, Van Bramer, Koo, Vacca, Levin, Chin, Dickens, Rose, Gonzalez, Greenfield and Halloran. Introductory Number 458-A would require the Department of Information, Technology, and Telecommunications to update the City’s interactive map with information relating to street closures and parking regulations.
“Since 2006, the City’s interactive map (or CityMap) has been an invaluable resource for New Yorkers to get up-to-the-minute information about our City. DoITT has been making regular improvements to the map, which provides users with a bird’s eye view of City services, transportation options, and building and neighborhood data.
“Introductory Number 458-A would require DoITT to post street closures due to vehicular traffic and changes in parking regulations on CityMap. Advanced notice must be posted if a street is planned to be closed due to construction or paving operations, a film shoot, street fair, block party or festival. Similarly, while the Department of Transportation currently has on its web site a searchable database relating to permanent parking regulations, this information would also be added to CityMap.
“Adding this information to CityMap is yet another example of our efforts to make City services and information more accessible to the public. Motorists should have easy access to parking and street closure information — and visitors and residents should have more access to information about special events happening in their communities. This bill helps us achieve both of these goals.
“I would like to thank Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications Commissioner Carole Post, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Citywide Events Coordination and Management Cristin Burtis, and their staff for their work on this bill, along with my Office of City Legislative Affairs. I would also like to thank the City Council for approving this legislation.”
Stu Loeser/Evelyn Erskine (212) 788-2958
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