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Pedestrian guide to walking safely in New York City

Pedestrian guide to walking safely in New York City

Collision Trends in 2010-2013

Brooklyn has the highest rate of pedestrians being struck by cars than any of the other four boroughs, with the evening rush hour between 5pm and 7pm, being the most dangerous time to walk in New York City. Rush hour accidents are the highest in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. Friday was reported as the most dangerous day of the week for pedestrian collisions extending into early Saturday morning.

New York City is one of the greatest tourist attractions and visitors and residents alike enjoy walking the city streets and taking in the sights. It is important to know where the most dangerous walking zones are and be extra cautious in these areas.

In 2014, the most dangerous intersections were in Manhattan on East 125th Street at Lexington Avenue and West 42nd Street at 8th Avenue. Both intersections had a total of 11 collisions each. The most common causes for these accidents were “failure to yield the right of way” and “driver inattention/distraction.”

Research shows baby boomers are more likely to be victims of pedestrian collisions than millennials and across all five boroughs there was a higher rate of male victims than women.

Speeding is also a factor in pedestrian accidents. In November 2014, New York introduced a new lower speed limit of 25 miles per hour and all five boroughs saw a decrease in pedestrian accidents within the first few months of 2015. In Manhattan, the average of accidents fell to 185 per month compared to 232 per month in 2014.

The Top 10 Most Dangerous Intersections in 2014:

  1. EASTERN PARKWAY at UTICA AVENUE (9 collisions in 2014)
  2. FLATBUSH AVENUE at AVENUE H (7 collisions in 2014)
  3. NOSTRAND AVENUE at CLARKSON AVENUE (6 collisions in 2014)
  4. AVENUE U at EAST 16 STREET (6 collisions in 2014)
  5. FLATBUSH AVENUE EXTENSION at MYRTLE AVENUE (6 collisions in 2014)
  6. EASTERN PARKWAY at SCHENECTADY AVENUE (6 collisions in 2014)
  7. OCEAN PARKWAY at FOSTER AVENUE (6 collisions in 2014)
  8. CONEY ISLAND AVENUE at AVENUE O (6 collisions in 2014)
  9. UTICA AVENUE at RUTLAND ROAD (5 collisions in 2014)
  10. FULTON STREET at FRANKLIN AVENUE (5 collisions in 2014)

Exercise caution when approaching all intersections and these ones in particular. Not only do drivers need to exercise defensive driving, pedestrians need to practice defensive walking. Be safe New York City!

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