Tourists standing in the middle of Whitehall Street to take pictures of the Wall Street bull will no longer have to worry about getting hit by cars.

The Department of Transportation announced plans Wednesday night to create new pedestrian plazas around Bowling Green to accommodate the crowds of commuters, residents and tourists who are now often forced out into the street.

“All the pedestrians are encouraged … to walk in the roadway, particularly at the bull,” said Sean Quinn, planning coordinator for the DOT, describing the current narrow sidewalks. “People are trying to take photos and they’re in the road.”

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