Long Island Community Working To Make Streets Safer For Pedestrians

Sophia Hall
October 22, 2019 - 6:48 pm
Lindenhurst Pedestrian safety

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LINDENHURST, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — The National Traffic Safety Administration announced Tuesday the number of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents has risen to the highest number in nearly three decades.

In an effort to reduce the number of traffic-related deaths, the village of Lindenhurst on Long Island is now introducing a number of changes to make the community safer for pedestrians.

As WCBs 880’s Sophia Hall reports, Lindenhurst is getting very popular with new and upcoming restaurants and stores, meaning the area is busy day and night.

With an influx in people walking around and crossing the streets, the village wants to ensure nobody is injured. Village Trustee Richard Renna said a $350,000 grant from Suffolk County will now help the village make the improvements necessary.

“Some of the suggestions were to add a reflecting beacon that will blink when someone's crossing the street just indicate to us at night time that there's a pedestrian crossing,” he said.

He adds the crosswalks will be shortened to reduce time pedestrians are on streets.

“The travel distance across the street is not, I don't know – 15 feet. Now it's eight, you know, so it's trying to decrease the amount of time that somebody's in the danger zone,” he said.

The village is also doing away with angled parking spaces, which officials say are dangerous to back out of.