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Mayor Brown Announces Traffic Safety Initiative

Continuing his strong commitment for roadway safety, Mayor Brown launches new traffic calming program in North Council District

Buffalo – Mayor Byron W. Brown and North District Council Member Joseph Golombek, Jr. today launched a new joint traffic-safety initiative between the Department of Public Works and Buffalo Police aimed at slowing traffic in several locations throughout the city.  Standing along Amherst Street at Reservation, Mayor Brown announced that a portable electronic speed read-out sign is now in place in an effort to slow motorists down along a corridor known for chronic speeding.  Analysis of residential complaints to Mayor Brown’s 311 Call and Resolution Line determined the location.  The new traffic calming program, announced earlier this year during Mayor Brown’s Budget Message, also includes increased enforcement of traffic laws by police in targeted neighborhoods.
“Since the beginning of our Administration, we’ve been committed to taking action to further enhance roadway safety,” said Mayor Brown. “We need to address speeding in the city. We've been hearing that a lot from different neighborhoods and the speed read-out signs we are announcing today will target areas known for chronic speeding in a continued effort to make the streets of Buffalo safer, not only for drivers and their passengers, but also for pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.”
The new measure, part of Mayor Brown’s quality of life initiatives, announced today continues the innovative measures Mayor Brown has launched over the past decade in an effort to prevent speeding and further improve safety on city streets. Steps taken to expand street safety include: the installation of pedestrian countdown signals, the narrowing of travel lanes, road diets and other traffic calming measures included in streetscape projects like Fillmore Avenue and Niagara Street.
North District Council Member Golombek, Jr. stated, “I am happy to be working with Mayor Brown and the Department of Public Works and Buffalo Police on this very important issue.  They really understand the uniqueness of each neighborhood, and because of that, we have been able to tailor the plan in a way that best addresses the needs of individual streets.   One size does not fit all when it comes to traffic calming and we have a great team right now that really understands that.”
In total, the City has ordered 6 speed read-out signs and 10 temporary speed humps, which will be placed in strategic locations citywide based on requests from residents.  The City will be using a temporary speed read out trailer borrowed from NYS Thruway as well as its own variable message boards to promote awareness of speed limit compliance as a short term measure until the ordered materials are delivered.