A group of Bronx high school students are going above and beyond, moonlighting as urban planners. The teenagers partnered with the Department of Transportation to make the streets around their school safer; CBS2's Jessica Moore reports.
- A group of Bronx High School students are going above and beyond and even moonlighting as urban planners.
- They partnered with the Department of Transportation to make the streets around their schools safer. CBS 2's Jessica Moore reports.
JESSICA MOORE: At University Heights High School in the Bronx, these students are young safety sleuths.
- I just know that the streets around here aren't too particularly safe, especially for young kids.
- The sophomores saw a problem and decided to do something about it.
ELVIN MARTINEZ: People always say that the South Bronx is such a dangerous area, to not go here, and I really wanted to prove that, like, hey, we know that's a dangerous area. But we're trying to make a difference.
- Through the schools I Challenge Myself after school program, the students partnered with the DOT, creating changes to improve street safety around their school, where between 2014 and 2018, there were 201 car crash related injuries.
IZEDEEN MUSA: It was definitely an interesting and amazing experience.
- What was your favorite part about the whole thing?
- To be honest, my favorite part was definitely being able to, like, use their meter stick to measure the streets. Because it would then be used to determine how much space there is available to add different things.
- The changes will include building pedestrian islands and adding bike lanes, stop signs, and angled parking.
What was it like working with high school kids?
JEFF MCDUFFIE: It was really great experience. We had, like, a design shirt. We had a board of the street. And they were able to place bike lanes, or curb extensions, or anything else in our toolkit to make the streets safer.
- The DOT says work on implementing this new safety plan is expected to begin this summer in the Morrisania section of the Bronx. Jessica Moore, CBS 2 News.
- Well, they that's something to put on their resume already.
- Yeah, early.