Image via NYCrosswalk
It’s no secret to New Yorkers that New York City sees some of the heaviest foot traffic of any U.S. city, and most are aware that the relationship between pedestrians and vehicles isn’t always cordial. But few people know where the most dangerous spots to walk really are. NYCrosswalk: The Ultimate Guide to Walking Safely in the Big Apple is a guide for New Yorkers to stay safe and informed as they travel the city streets on foot in order to prevent future pedestrian collisions.
The website includes a map which details the year-to-date pedestrian collisions throughout the five boroughs, with Manhattan being the most common site for collisions. For this reason, NYCrosswalk compiles lists of the top 10 current most dangerous intersections for pedestrians in each of the five boroughs. Intersections at Canal Street and Mott Street, East 96th Street and 3rd Avenue, Lafayette Street and Canal Street, and 3rd Avenue and East 30th Street are among the most dangerous in Manhattan, each being the sites of four collisions in the past year.
Collision Trends: Time of Day vs. Day of Week. Image courtesy of NYCrosswalk
Information about year’s past is also available, including an interesting section that compares the lowering of the New York speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph in late 2014, which significantly lowered the amount of pedestrians collisions per month. It also tracks trend in collisions on a chart of days of the week and times of the day, exhibiting that weekday afternoons and evenings are among the most dangerous pedestrian travel times, especially in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens.
In addition, the website includes a pie chart detailing the main contributing factors to pedestrian collisions. Among the top factors are driver inattention or distraction, failure to yield right-of-way, and pedestrian error or confusion. Other causes include road rage, unsafe driving speeds and backing unsafely.
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