ITHACA, N.Y — Public outcry about a proposed pedestrian violation crackdown has lead to Ithaca Police postponing the initiative that was supposed to start Friday.

In a previous statement, police said there would be a zero tolerance policy for people who commit violations that include jaywalking, crossing the street in front of oncoming traffic, walking in front of of moving vehicles and crisscrossing through intersections.

Police said the crackdown was planned after a recent increase in complaints from drivers about pedestrians.

Police released the following statement Thursday:

After listening to concerns from the community, both in favor and against, the IPD has decided to postpone the scheduled patrols for pedestrian violations this weekend.

Chief Barber stated, “We will gather more data on the issues surrounding pedestrian, bicycle, and motor vehicle crosswalk safety and will develop a comprehensive strategy to address the problem.”

The IPD prides itself on listening to the voices in our community and this is a great example of folks expressing their concerns. Later this summer, the IPD is planning to invite the Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Council (BPAC) as well as other members of the community for an information gathering session to develop solutions on how best to keep our streets & crosswalks safe for everyone.

Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.