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No "Sidewalk Closed" signs on construction fence at Vanderbilt; pedestrians use closed crosswalk and bike lane on Vanderbilt

Location: 
Vanderbilt Avenue from Dean Street to Pacific Street
When: 
December 18, 2014 - 8:50pm

There are no "sidewalk closed" signs on the crosswalks across Dean and Vanderilt at the Dean/Vanderbilt intersection.  I haven't checked the other intersections yet. 
 
The closure seems anyway to count on pedestrians to behave themselves and not walk along the construction fence, which if experience is a guide, they will do.  It is hard to fight natural pedestrian behavior.  When the north side of Dean Street between Flatbush and 6th Avenue was closed to build the arena people simply walked along the construction fence.
 
The Dean/Vanderbilt intersection is busy and I think planners are going to have to be more thoughtful if they want to stop people from walking in travel lanes and using closed crosswalks, if that is possible at all.  The only signs on the construction fence advertise the work in progress, (see videos).  The sign has small print and will tend to draw people across the street which is obviously not desirable.  I have to go back and look, but I think there is contact information in case someone wants a unit in the building.  
 
The following videos were filmed in a few minute period.  They capture what is clearly a consistent condition:
Pedestrian with suitcase crosses Dean on the east side of Vanderbilt, waits next to construction fence then walks across Vanderbilt.  In the meantime people walk south on the Vanderbilt bike lane along the construction fence and then cross Dean:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEe-JzSImvY&list=UU80z_6IGgNNMwtGZRmf02lQ
 
Group of pedestrians cross Dean Street, gather at construction fence, then cross Vanderbilt on crosswalk:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7Oosy2sn_U&index=3&list=UU80z_6IGgNNMwt...
 
 
 
 

Severity
The nature of the threat posed by the incident or impact.
People: 
Extended community
Frequency: 
Ongoing
Impact: 
Personal injury
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Update

Priority: -> normal
State: -> New
Client: -> Public

The signs I refer to in the incident report above do not advertise the building to interested parties.  They picture and give info for the building and give contact info for the community liaison.  The text is small, so they are not easily legible from across the street.