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An Open Letter To DOT Commissioner Rodriguez on Eve of #FixCanal Workshop

(StreetsBlogNYC)  John Massengale, March 8, 2022

Tonight at 6 p.m, the Department of Transportation will host its first workshop on the long process of making Canal Street safer and more appealing to residents and businesses. Since the beginning of the de Blasio administration, there have been 4,817 reported crashes on the stretch of Canal between the Manhattan Bridge and West Street, injuring 109 cyclists, 190 pedestrians and 520 motorists, killing one cyclist, five pedestrians and one motorist. With those numbers in mind, architect John Massengale sent this letter to DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez — and shared it with us for publication. To register for the workshop, .

Dear Commissioner Rodriquez,

I’m writing to you because I just signed up for a workshop to improve Canal Street that your department is running tonight. I met you when you were a Councilman. I know you care deeply about making New York streets safer and better for city life.

There was more carnage than usual on New York’s streets this weekend. One reaction I have is that until the NYC DOT fundamentally changes in at least two ways, most of the department’s work will be band aids.

The agency still sees its primary job as moving cars. And it does little or nothing to reduce the number of cars in the city.

Source: StreetsBlogNYC