The city has placed a special camera at the intersection of 97th street and West End Avenue, where 9-year-old Cooper Stock was hit by a cab and killed last month. The camera will count the numbers of cars and pedestrians as part of a traffic study of the intersection, the Department of Transportation tells us. The DOT has also extended Walk signals at the intersection, added signs about yielding to pedestrians and removed a parking space to improve visibility.
“The agency is looking into additional safety enhancements at well,” a spokesman tells us.
One thing that residents have been calling for is a change to the timing of light signals on 97th street, where the lights allow them to race through several intersections from Columbus to West End.
Others have asked for a speeding camera at the intersection. (The camera there now will not catch speeding cars, it will just compile data, a DOT rep explained.) There are only six speeding cameras in the entire city. Efforts to add more have “been blocked by a group of Republican lawmakers and the police unions.,” says Gothamist.
Unfortunately, the new No Standing sign at the corner, meant to improve visibility, was placed under scaffolding, and cars continue to park in the spot. So far, we hear police have not been regularly enforcing the No Standing zone despite pleas from residents.