New safety barriers coming to NYC sidewalks

Aaron Brown
January 3, 2018

"We know we have to do even more to keep people safe", de Blasio said on Tuesday. In that attack, investigators say a man inspired by ISIS drove a truck down a bike path, killing eight people. "People have to be able to get around, but they have to be safe at the same time", the mayor said.

In light of what Mayor Bill de Blasio called "new trends" in terror tactics, the city conducted a review on how best to "secure our streets and public spaces".

NY officials on Tuesday announced plans to 1,500 barriers to protect pedestrians from vehicle attacks and errant drivers in high profile areas. With the near year, come new security measures that the city plans to put into effect amid the attacks seen in situations like on Halloween in the West Side and earlier this year in Times Square.

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In 2017, we saw a lot more vehicles being used for terror attacks not only around the world, but also in New York City. Similar bollards were installed in Times Square in 2016.

In May, a motorist who was allegedly under the influence of drugs plowed his vehicle into a crowded Times Square sidewalk, killing an 18-year-old woman.

The city's transportation commissioner, Polly Trottenberg, said that installing bollards is complicated because of the infrastructure and subway lines below some of the city's busiest areas. The vehicle was eventually stopped by one of the squat metal barriers. The law means the city will place more bollards in strategic locations.

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