Localize Labs recently published a report about the 12 most dangerous areas for cyclists and pedestrians in New York City.
The website works to provide information about every address in the city, including looking into the safety of the surrounding streets in order to give renters and buyers more information about their future or current homes. During its analysis, Localize noticed that some of the most dangerous areas had something in common: crashes frequently occurred around bridges, elevated tracks, and along the approaches to these structures.
“Buildings in these dangerous ‘clusters’ saw about 238 crashes, on average, in their nearby intersections where pedestrians or cyclists were injured in the past five years,” said Localize.city data scientist Israel Schwartz. “That compares to the citywide average of 75.”
The Data Science team at Localize looked into data covering every intersection in New York City from January 1, 2013 through January 1, 2018, and weighted the results based on the number of lanes each street leading up to the intersections had in order to avoid skewing the results towards roads with more traffic.
“Breaking the analysis down by different street types helps us understand how dangerous each intersection is relative to its size and volume of traffic,” said Localize.city urban planner Andrew Lassiter. “This may give you a truer sense of how safe it is to cross a given street than just using raw numbers alone.”
Localize noted that areas with blocked or limited sight lines, like those under elevated tracks or near bridges, are the most dangerous. The 12 areas identified by the report included:
- Williamsburg, between Lee Avenue and North Seventh/Metropolitan Avenue, from Berry Street to Bushwick Avenue
- Downtown Brooklyn, between Atlantic Avenue and Willoughby Street, from Boerum Place and Bond Street
- Crown Heights/Bedford-Stuyvesant, between Pacific and Fulton streets, from Bedford to Brooklyn avenues
- Fordham/University Heights, between Aqueduct Avenue and Ryer Avenue, from West Fordham Road and West Tremont Avenue
- Lower East Side/Little Italy/Soho, between Spring and Grand streets, from Broadway to Forsyth Street
- Corona, between 35th and Roosevelt Avenues, from 94th to 108th streets
- Jackson Heights, between 37th Avenue and Broadway, from 76th Street to 84th Street/Whitney Avenue
- Flushing, between College Point Avenue and Parsons Boulevard, from 37th to Franklin avenues
- Ridgewood, between Woodward and Myrtle avenues, from Grove Street to Forest Avenue
- Jamaica, between 89th to 90th avenues, from 164th Street to 168th Place
- St. George/Tompkinsville, from Jersey to Bay streets, between Victory Boulevard to Fort Place/Taft Avenue
- Stapleton, between Bay and Van Duzer streets, from Wright to Tompkins streets
You can read a more complete breakdown of the report on the Localize Labs website here, including a full explanation of the methodology used to create the report.
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