Authorizes the city of Niagara Falls, county of Niagara, to reduce the speed limit in downtown Niagara Falls to 25 miles per hour.
Ayes (8): Martins, Ball, Little, McDonald, Ritchie, Stewart-Cousins, Oppenheimer, Klein
Ayes (55): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Espaillat, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gianaris, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hassell-Thomps, Huntley, Johnson, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Martins, McDonald, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Oppenheimer, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Young, Zeldin
Excused (6): Gallivan, Hannon, Kennedy, Maziarz, Parker, Valesky
TITLE OF BILL: An act relating to authorizing the city of Niagara Falls, county of Niagara, to reduce the speed limit in downtown Niagara Falls
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To authorize the city of Niagara Falls to lower the speed limit in downtown Niagara Falls by five miles per hour.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one empowers the city of Niagara Falls to lower the speed limit to not less than twenty-five miles per hour in downtown Niagara Falls.
EXISTING LAW: Section 1643 of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law concerning speed limits on highways in cities and villages provides that no such speed limit applicable throughout such city or village or within designated areas of such city or village shall be established at less than thirty miles per hour.
JUSTIFICATION: The USA Niagara Development Corporation and the City of Niagara Falls have collaborated on a number of projects to attract new investment in downtown Niagara Falls and make the area more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly. One such project is to create a "wayfinding" system involving a number of new vehicular directional signs to help "trailblaze" visitors to various points of interest and services downtown.
This legislation would help make a "wayfinding" system possible for downtown Niagara Falls because it would allow new roadway signs to comply with federal regulations. The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Manual on Uniform Traffic control Devices (MTCD) permits "urban wayfinding systems" with a 4-inch cap height for letters on signs located on "urban streets where the speed limit is no more than 25 MPH". This size of lettering would be ideal for the new "wayfinding" system in downtown Niagara Falls.
The reduced speed limit would have additional benefits. within the proposed area speed limit zone, the slower speed limit is anticipated to better correspond to existing operating speeds there as well as to facilitate greater pedestrian and bicycle safety.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to New York State.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6120 IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 4, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. GRISANTI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government AN ACT relating to authorizing the city of Niagara Falls, county of Niagara, to reduce the speed limit in downtown Niagara Falls THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Notwithstanding any general, special or local law or code to the contrary, the city of Niagara Falls, Niagara county is hereby authorized and empowered to lower the speed limit to not less than twen- ty-five miles per hour in downtown Niagara Falls, Niagara county. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13852-01-2