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The Most Dangerous Roads for Pedestrians in New York

June 13, 2013 | Michael Barasch

Pedestrians should always use care when crossing the street, and some roads are inherently more dangerous than others. Which New York roads are the most dangerous for pedestrians?

According to the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, the most dangerous road for pedestrians in the tri-state area is the Hempstead Turnpike in Nassau County. The road won this dubious distinction for the fifth consecutive year since the group’s first analysis in 2008. The study also noted that the New York State Department of Transportation had started work in March 2012 to make the road safer by:

  • Raising medians
  • Creating new crosswalks
  • Relocating six bus stops closer to crosswalks
  • Changing traffic signals to calm traffic

How do the five boroughs stack up? The study found that in Manhattan the most dangerous road is Broadway, which had 12 pedestrian fatalities over a three-year period, but one fatality occurring north of 96th Street. Broadway also holds that distinction in the Bronx. In Brooklyn, the most dangerous road is Ocean Parkway. Woodhaven Boulevard is the most dangerous road in Queens for auto accident fatalities involving pedestrians, and Staten Island’s most dangerous road is Richmond Avenue.

Broadway in Manhattan also was the second most dangerous in the tri-state area. Rounding out the top 10 for the tri-state area were:

  • Jericho Turnpike in Suffolk County, New York
  • Sunrise Highway in Nassau County, New York
  • State Route 110 (New York Avenue, Broadhollow Road, and Broadway) in Suffolk County, New York
  • Blackhorse Pike in Atlantic County, New Jersey
  • Burlington Pike in Burlington County, New Jersey
  • Route 1 in Middlesex County, New Jersey
  • State Route 27 (Sunrise Highway, Montauk Point State Highway and County Route 39) in Suffolk County, New York
  • White Horse Pike in Camden County, New Jersey
  • Route 9 in Middlesex County, New Jersey

The rankings were based on the number of pedestrian fatalities from 2009 to 2011.

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