Hundreds of pedestrians in New York City are injured killed in motor vehicle accidents each year.
New York’s Tri-State Transportation Campaign identified the most dangerous roads in the tri-state region for pedestrian fatalities. Their analysis creates a picture of pedestrian accidents on the streets of New York. In addition to reporting the numbers of accidents and deaths, TSTC’s “Most Dangerous Roads for Walking” report ranks streets in terms of total pedestrian fatalities from 2011 to 2013, and the ages of those killed.
The report was based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
According to the TSTC press release, 732 pedestrians were killed between 2011 and 2013 in traffic accidents that occurred in New York’s 12 downstate counties. Overall, 1,266 pedestrians were killed in the tri-state region during this time period. This means, more than 60% of the pedestrians killed were hit in the five boroughs.
As compiled by Streetsblog NYC, below are the number of pedestrian fatalities by borough, and the streets in each borough with the most fatal accidents:
- Brooklyn (130 total): Flatbush Avenue (10), Eastern Parkway (7), Broadway (5), Atlantic Avenue (5)
- Queens (127 total): Woodhaven Boulevard (9), Queens Boulevard (8), Rockaway Boulevard (7), Jamaica Avenue (6), Northern Boulevard (6), Hillside Avenue (5)
- Manhattan (95 total): First Avenue (7), Broadway (6), Second Avenue (5), Third Avenue (5), Seventh Avenue/ACP Jr. Boulevard (5), Ninth Avenue/Columbus Avenue (5)
- The Bronx (83 total): Grand Concourse (10), White Plans Road (6), Bruckner Boulevard (4), E. 233rd Street (4), E. Fordham Road (4)
- Staten Island (18): Forest Hill Road (2), Richmond Road (2), Victory Boulevard (2)
Each borough fact sheet, linked above, includes a map of fatality locations, coded by the age of the victim.
According to the New York Daily News (3.4.15), city transportation officials said 138 pedestrians were killed in the five boroughs in 2014, the year Vision Zero was rolled out. This was the lowest number of deaths on record. New York City’s Vision Zero program’s success has been attributed to initiatives including lower municipal speed limits, pedestrian safety cameras in targeted locations and legislation penalizing drivers who fail to yield to the right of way to pedestrians.