Study Details Contributing Factors in NYC Pedestrian and Cyclist Deaths
A study pinpoints the 12 most dangerous areas for New York City bicyclists and pedestrians — places where the likelihood of a fatal or injury-causing collision is three times higher than the city average.
Detailed traffic accident information gathered over several years by localize.city, a real estate marketplace website, shows not only which neighborhoods pose the biggest threat to walkers and bikers but also sheds light on circumstances that contribute to these problem areas, such as:
- Demographics of traffic fatality victims and drivers — Though only 13 percent of city residents are aged 65 or older, people within this group comprise 37 percent of pedestrian fatalities. Most of these accidents occur in close proximity to the victims’ homes. In accidents where someone was killed while walking, 83 percent of the drivers involved were men and 30 percent of the drivers were between the ages of 18 and 34.
- Effect of mass transit shutdowns — With fewer New Yorkers using subways or buses to get where they need to go, it follows that more people are walking, biking and using cars. The risk of street injuries increases in locations affected by mass transit shutdowns, whether caused by an extended repair project, such as the work being done on the L train tunnel, or a short-term problem.
- Danger zones near bridges — As walkers, bicyclists and drivers approach the bridges connecting New York City’s five boroughs, they are channeled into narrow, crowded corridors. One of the danger zones in Brooklyn is the approach to the Williamsburg Bridge, which is bordered by Lee Avenue and North Seventh Street/Metropolitan Avenue. Access roads to the same bridge on Manhattan’s Lower East Side also experience higher accident rates.
The other danger areas for walkers and bikers are in downtown Brooklyn; Crown Heights/Bedford-Stuyvesant; the Fordham section of the Bronx; Staten Island’s St. George/Tompkinsville and Stapleton neighborhoods and Corona, Jackson Heights, Flushing, Ridgewood and Jamaica in Queens.
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