NEWS RELEASE: Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City’s Security Infrastructure Working Group now announced plans to bring permanent fringe barriers, or bollards, to high-profile sites and to create a routine to streamline their pattern and construction. The Administration plans to double its $7.5 million joining in the Sep Capital Plan for permanent bollards in Times Square, and will dedicate in additional of $50 million to embark the broader rollout of new safeguarding measures in open spaces, including 1,500 new bollards as partial of an initial designation phase.
“In 2017, New Yorkers witnessed the terrible ability of people peaceful to do us harm, either it was in the subways, on the bike paths or in Times Square,” pronounced Mayor de Blasio. “But we will not be cowed, and the stretched investment now in barriers and bollards in the open spaces underscores the solve in gripping New York City protected from future attacks. In this new year, we can and will strengthen the iconic open spaces while New Yorkers go on vital the lives, including by hosting a record series of tourists.”
“Everything we do in the New York City Police Department is geared toward gripping people protected and that will always be the obligation,” pronounced Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill. “No matter how low, we’re means to pull down crime and violence. And the people who live in, work in, and revisit New York City merit to not only be protected they merit to feel protected too.
“We’re a very bustling city as you know — some-more than 8.5 million people and the millions some-more who come in daily to work or to enjoy this good city. These additional reserve bollards will concede us to better strengthen many of the landmark locations, and many of the areas many frequently used for recreation. It will also help us keep sequence as it relates to all the competing vehicular, bicycle, and walking traffic that defines the good city.”
“As the group has dramatically stretched open spaces around New York City, we also work with the NYPD to make these spaces both welcoming and safe,” pronounced DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. “Today we conclude the Mayor for his care on investments to keep the city’s appreciated open spaces secure, while ensuring that the open can entirely enjoy them.”
In 2017, the City Council upheld legislation requiring DOT and Parks to report on the series of bollards commissioned annually and the series of revocable permits postulated annually to private businesses to install bollards.
“New York is a informative and financial capital. Its vibrancy and farrago make it the enviousness of the universe but, unfortunately, also a aim for a few demented people who would do us harm. The stairs being announced now will urge confidence via the City for New Yorkers and visitors alike. Protecting the City requires team-work at all levels of supervision and I’ll continue operative in Congress to safeguard there are adequate sovereign resources for these forms of safeguarding measures,” pronounced Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY).
“We have witnessed an boost in walking injuries and fatalities as vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons to lift out attacks,” pronounced Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13). “Safety bollards saves lives and help in the efforts to strengthen reserve measures along sidewalks, renouned traveller destinations, and high walking traffic areas. we praise Mayor de Blasio on today’s proclamation to install 1,500 permanent reserve bollards via the city as medicine measures to beam traffic, strengthen individuals, and potentially save lives.”
“Security bollards will help strengthen New Yorkers, visitors and keep the open spaces safe,” pronounced Assemblymember Dan Quart. “I extol the city and other stakeholders for expanding their joining to this reserve measure.”
“As the City evaluates suitable locations for these additional bollards, Lower Manhattan stays a aim and we demeanour brazen to this combined confidence for residents and tourists alike. we conclude the work of the Security Infrastructure Working Group and the Mayor for holding actions towards serve safeguarding the City,” pronounced Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick.
“We are propitious to live in a culturally abounding city of over 8.6 million people that tens of millions of tourists from all over the universe select to revisit every year, but with that comes good shortcoming to keep them all safe. We have seen instances in which bollards have effectively achieved this, and prevented larger tragedies and detriment of life. The expanded use of bollards is a active step in safeguarding New Yorkers and tourists on the streets and sidewalks,” pronounced Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, Chair of the Council Committee on Transportation.
“This investment is vicious to providing the confidence New Yorkers and the visitors can all advantage from on a day-to-day basis. Our confidence continues to be a top priority. This is a certain step to keep New Yorkers safe,” pronounced Council Member Keith Powers.
In the arise of attacks around New York City in 2017, safeguarding petrify barriers were commissioned at high form locations in Manhattan. These proxy structures will be transposed this month by some-more appealing proxy blocks in allege of the rollout of the permanent steel bollard designation commencement this March. The designation of these permanent structures will be finished over the next few years. As they are transposed with permanent confidence structures the new, some-more aesthetically appreciative blocks, will be relocated to other locations identified as high profile.
In identifying locations, the City conducted a consummate examination of locations, including business corridors, traveller attractions and iconic sites, ensuing in the prioritization of pivotal locations in the City to be addressed with permanent fixtures under this plan. The City formerly commissioned permanent steel bollards nearby the Times Square walking plazas as partial of a $50 million collateral plan finished in late 2016, and identical bollards will be combined to additional areas in Times Square as partial of this project.
The Security Infrastructure Working Group, now comprised of the Mayor’s Office, New York Police Department, Department of Transportation, the Department of Design and Construction, Public Design Commission, Department of City Planning, Department of Environmental Protection, Fire Department of New York, Department of Parks and Recreation, Office of Management and Budget will streamline the bollard pattern and construction by coordinating with the agencies obliged for reviewing and commendatory bollard installations to control their reviews as parallel as possible. The designation routine for these structures includes buying protocols and engineering reviews routinely compared with collateral work.
For years the City, by DOT and NYPD, has worked closely with private landowners and institutions on confidence measures by the revocable agree process, permitting bollards or other confidence structures to be commissioned on sidewalks. NYC DOT has authorized dozens of locations for such structures, which are paid for by the skill owners.
The City looks brazen to continue its partnership with the State, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Port Authority and other entities to bring and promote protections on properties within the 5 boroughs, such as alongside the West Side Greenway.