NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A group Bronx High school students become urban planners, working with the Department of Transportation to make the streets around their schools safer.
In University Heights High school in the Bronx, a group of high school students who are young safety guardians.
“I just know the streets around here are not too safe, especially for the young children,” said second year student Andrew Madera.
Second year students see a problem and decide to do something to solve it.
“People always say that South Bronx It’s a dangerous area, like, don’t go in here. I really want to prove that, like, hey, we know it’s a dangerous area, but we’re trying to make a difference. “Second year student Elvin Martinez said.
Through the school’s “I challenge myself” after-school program, students have partnered with DOT, making changes to improve street safety around their schools, where between 2014 and 2018, there were 201 cases of car accident related injuries.
“It was definitely an enjoyable and wonderful experience,” said student Izedeen Musa.
“What’s your favorite part of the whole thing?” Jessica Moore of CBS2 asked.
“To be honest, my favorite part is definitely being able to use their calculator to measure streets. Because it will then be used to determine how much free space to add different things, ”says Izedeen.
Changes will include the construction of pedestrian islands and the addition of a bike lane, stop sign, and corner parking over a 10-block radius between East 156 Street and East 166 .
“What’s it like working with high school kids?” Moore asked DOT employee Jeff McDuffie.
“It was a really great experience,” he said. “We’ve got a blueprint, we have a street sign and they can put a bike lane or curb extension or anything else in our toolkit. to make the streets safer ”.
DOT says work on implementing the new safety plan is expected to begin this summer.