The BroadsheetDAILY – 2/17/22 – Local Lower Manhattan Newspaper – ‘Force Student to Avoid Forklifts’ CB1 pushes for periodic closure of FiDi Street, to allow safe access to Scho
“We have 800 children coming into this building,” Tricia Joyce, chair of the Community Council 1 (CB1) Youth and Education Committee, said at the Dec. 21 panel meeting, referring to the Broadway Education Campus at 26 Broadway, home to four separate public schools.
Ms. Joyce was explaining why New Street, the location of the main entrance used by the four schools (at the rear of the building) had to be closed periodically on school days.
“It’s not possible to have traffic coming and going and these crash barriers preventing vehicles from popping up on the street at the same time,” Ms Joyce said.
She added that New Street is already closed to most traffic, as part of the security perimeter established around the New York Stock Exchange after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, but dozens of construction vehicles and trucks delivery still cross the narrow alley every day. .
Ms Joyce explained that CB1 is not asking for a complete ban on vehicles from the new street, only that it “be closed three times a day for one hour each”, corresponding to the start of the school year, lunch hour and to dismissal.
“We make sure that at those times everyone is very aware and not planning to walk up New Street, so that there are no injuries for these children,” she said. . “Right now we have people demolishing within six inches of students’ faces, with dodgy substances. We have all kinds of dangerous things going on on New Street.
A resolution passed at the December CB1 meeting notes that “there has been a substantial increase in through traffic and construction activity – all activating the active barriers against vehicles going up and down again and again – since the start of the school year, forcing students, parents, faculty and staff to dodge large forklifts, heavy flatbed trucks, drivers and hard hats making deliveries at an office building in proximity just to have access to schools.
The same measure notes that “this constant activity and resulting scarcity of space has twice caused disputes when workers verbally attacked students as young as ten” and calls on the city’s transportation department to “close New Street to vehicles during the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. for the arrival of students, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. [for] lunch and 2:15-3:30 p.m. for dismissal, for the safety of their students, families, staff, and faculty.