2013 Crash Stats Show Arterial Streets Must Be Priority for Vision Zero

City’s Effort to Eliminate Traffic Deaths and Injuries Should Focus on Dangerous Corridors

With the NYPD’s release of crash statistics for December of 2013, a clearer picture is emerging of the year in traffic violence. The numbers prove once again that the city’s major arterial streets remain the site of an overwhelming number of preventable deaths and injuries.

286 people died on New York City streets in 2013, and nearly 55,000 people were injured. Queens had the greatest number of traffic deaths, with people 93 killed, including 52 pedestrians. Brooklyn saw 88 deaths and had the most injuries, with 17,812 people hurt in traffic.

Statistics show a high concentration of fatalities and injuries along multi-lane roadways. “Arterial streets make up only 10% of our city’s road network, but these multi-lane speedways are the site of more than half of pedestrian and cyclist fatalities,” says Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives. “Mayor de Blasio’s interagency Vision Zero task force must prioritize the redesign of these dangerous corridors, along with more consistent traffic enforcement, more thorough crash investigations, and the vast expansion of the 20mph speed limit.”

As part of the Vision Zero push to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries in New York City by 2024, Mayor de Blasio has pledged to redesign 50 hazardous corridors and intersections each year.

Queens Blvd, long known as the “Boulevard of Death,” saw 6 fatalities and 492 injuries, including 32 cyclists and 120 pedestrians. Among them were two men killed in Elmhurst on November 11th, when a driver slammed into a payphone and struck two parked cars before jumping the curb and hitting the pedestrians on the sidewalk.

Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue was the site of 3 deaths and 896 injuries, including 191 pedestrians and 62 cyclists. One pedestrian died after he was hit by a tractor-trailer at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Atlantic Avenue on April 3rd.

In the Bronx, the Grand Concourse had 5 deaths in 2013, and 325 injuries, including 82 pedestrians and 16 cyclists. A 16-year-old girl was killed and two other people were injured when an erratic driver hit them at 172nd Street on May 17th.

In Manhattan, 5th and 6th avenues saw a concentration of crashes. 3 people were killed on 5th Avenue, with 577 injuries, including 209 pedestrians and 125 cyclists. On 6th Avenue, one person died and 381 were injured, including 160 pedestrians and 70 cyclists. Staten Island’s Richmond Terrace was the site of 3 deaths and 94 injuries, including 10 pedestrians and 5 cyclists.