Fix Canal Street: Manhattan's Boulevard of Death

Fix Canal Street!

Canal Street is the most dangerously congested street that crosses Lower Manhattan. Located in the heart of Chinatown, Canal Street's seven highway-sized lanes of car traffic overpower the vibrant foot traffic. Frustrated drivers who  find themselves in complete gridlock become aggressive as they attempt to access the Manhattan Bridge, or the Interstate Highway 78 and the Holland Tunnel. As a result, unrelenting traffic endangers pedestrians and cyclists. Drivers disobey traffic cues, while ignoring pedestrian crossing guards. New Yorkers are faced with a street that puts people's safety last. 

Our city cannot come to a halt on Canal Street.

Canal Street traffic not only feels inhumane, but falls short of Manhattan's Vision Zero goals:

  • Since 2009, 13 people have been killed in traffic crashes on Canal Street.
  • Since 2015, 39 cyclists, and 89 pedestrians were seriously injured on Canal Street.
  • In 2017 at the intersection of Bowery and Canal alone, two people were killed in traffic crashes, despite city efforts to redesign the intersection.

We need traffic calming and safety NOW - we must fix Canal Street, Manhattan's Boulevard of Death.

The highway-like scene found on Canal Street lowers quality of life for all New Yorkers. Businesses struggle to receive deliveries along the corridor. Workers have carry massive loads, on foot, in the middle of car traffic. People walking to shops and storefronts do not fit on the sidewalk, and are forced into harm's way.

New York City Elected Officials, will you help fix Canal Street?

This petition will be delivered to
Congress Reps Jerrold Nadler, Nydia Velasquez; Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Member Margaret Chin; NYS Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou, Member Deborah Glick, Sen. Brian Kavanagh; Manhattan Boro Pres Gale Brewer, Community Boards 1, 2, and 3
Dear Elected Official,

Canal Street is the most dangerously congested street that crosses Lower Manhattan. Located in the heart of Chinatown, Canal Street's seven highway-sized lanes of car traffic overpower the vibrant foot traffic. Frustrated drivers who find themselves in complete gridlock become aggressive as they attempt to access the Manhattan Bridge, or the Interstate Highway 78 and the Holland Tunnel. As a result, unrelenting traffic endangers pedestrians and cyclists. Drivers disobey traffic cues, while ignoring pedestrian crossing guards. New Yorkers are faced with a street that puts people's safety last.

Our city cannot come to a halt on Canal Street.

Canal Street traffic not only feels inhumane, but falls short of Manhattan's Vision Zero goals:

Since 2009, 13 people have been killed in traffic crashes on Canal Street. Since 2015, 39 cyclists, and 89 pedestrians were seriously injured on Canal Street. In 2017 at the intersection of Bowery and Canal alone, two people were killed in traffic crashes, despite city efforts to redesign the intersection.

We need traffic calming and safety NOW - we must fix Canal Street, Manhattan's Boulevard of Death.

The highway-like scene found on Canal Street lowers quality of life for all New Yorkers. Businesses struggle to receive deliveries along the corridor. Workers carry massive loads, on foot, in the middle of car traffic. People walking to shops and storefronts do not fit on the sidewalk, and are forced into harm's way.

New York City Elected Officials, will you help fix Canal Street?
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