Midtown Pedestrians Stroll Down New "Sixth-And-A-Half Avenue"
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There's now a new pathway of pedestrian crosswalks in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, the so-called Sixth-And-A-Half Avenue.
These new crosswalks, giving easier access to existing midblock pedestrian areas, run parallel to Sixth and Seventh Avenues between West 51st to 57th Streets.
The Department of Transportation says the new crosswalks, markers and stop signs will reduce conflicts between drivers and pedestrians.
Those using "Sixth-And-A-Half Avenue" say it makes their commute quicker and more enjoyable.
"I wouldn't say it's bad at all. And it helps the people, so hey, what else can you do then to help the people," said one pedestrian.
"If every day it saves me five minutes, that adds up," said another.
"It makes it more of a pleasant walk, to have to cut through. It's quieter than walking on the busy streets and dealing with the traffic and the honking and the horns, so it's definitely more pleasant I think," said a third.
The Department Of Transportation says before the project up to 1,200 pedestrians an hour were crossing midblock in the area without a crosswalk.