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NEW YORK -- According to the statistics, vehicles making left and right turns through certain intersections cause problems on NYC streets.

Street design is part of the Vision Zero campaign to create better thoroughfares for all modes of transportation.

New York City Council Members Brad Lander and Council Transporation Chairman Ydanis Rodriguez wrote a letter to Google to request some new features for Google Maps.

One would provide an option for directions that have fewer left turns. Another would offer a clearly marked truck route.

Google did not respond directly to an inquiry from PIX11 News. The company has added features for bicyclists and for railroad crossings.

The NYC Department of Transportation has asked the MTA to reroute some bus routes to avoid certain turns.

Buses take a different route up Wycoff Avenue along the Q58 and B26 routes in Ridgewood, Queens.

They take a less direct route turning into Ridgewood Place in order to avoid a right turn at the busy intersection with Myrtle Avenue.

The MTA says pedestrian and vehicle traffic is lower along the new configuration. But some neighbors have expressed concern that buses are running along a residential street.

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