The New York City Department of Transportation now employs crossing guards for bicycle lanes and pedestrian malls. These street safety managers are to help with pedestrian safety as the city bicycle rental program begins Memorial Day.
A spokesman for the mayor said street safety managers will not have enforcement power. They are similar to school crossing guards. People do listen to the school crossing guards as they direct traffic around kids. The question is will bicyclists listen to the street stately managers?
Fox 5 obtained a photo that shows a bicyclist ignoring the wrong way sign held by the street safety manager.
The co-op residents of 175 West 13th Street are critics of the Citibike program. They filed a lawsuit against the placement of a Citibike rack by their front door. The long rack makes it difficult for seniors and handicapped to get into vehicles. Yet they like the safety managers.
The street safety managers will advise bike riders to yield to pedestrians, ride with traffic, stay off sidewalks and obey traffic signals. They'll ask pedestrians not to stand in bike paths. Sounds like a different city.