This one is a real challenge! The wide design of the Grand Army Plaza circle, combined with fairly long light cycles, permits drivers to feel safe going 40-50mph, and brings them off the circle onto Vanderbilt (and into this intersection) at speed. This intersection marks the start of significant bicycle (rare and unexpected to motorists two-way bike traffic on Plaza St E) and pedestrian (four crosswalks) activity not present on the stretch of Grand Army Plaza circle from the last light until this light. This shift from parkway/highway-like design in the traffic circle to residential street design surprises drivers, and they often have no time to adjust their speed appropriately when the light is green.
Additional issues at this intersection:
- Drivers at speed going northbound cannot see pedestrians or cyclists entering the intersection from the east side due to the advertising portion of the MTA bus stop and the allocation of the corner parking spot. Physically blocking this with a low planter or parking