Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero was created to reduce the number of preventable traffic injuries and fatalities on NYC streets.
Three years into the campaign it appears the results are somewhat promising, but doesn’t change the fact that far too many New Yorkers are still being hurt and killed in preventable car crashes and pedestrian knockdowns.
Vision Zero plans to focus efforts on priority intersections and areas, including:
Brooklyn: Wyckoff Avenue, Fates Avenue and Madison
Major design changes on these streets are intended to improve pedestrian safety and include shortened crossing distances, a new pedestrian plaza, and limited motor vehicle access.
Bronx: Baychester Avenue Between Boast Road and East 233rd Street
Updates include new pedestrian crossings, shorter and safer crossings, and pedestrian islands.
Manhattan: Canal Street from Baxter Street to Chrystie Street
“This project simplifies traffic and provides safer pedestrian crossings by eliminating the daily peak hour reversals of the Manhattan Bridge’s middle lower roadway to full-time Manhattan bound, expanding pedestrian space, extending sidewalks, and adding signals and crosswalks.” –Vision Zero
Queens: 138th Street
New crosswalks will be installed to improve pedestrian visibility.
Staten Island: Bay Street and Victory Boulevard
“This project provided a new sidewalk, shorter and more visible pedestrian crossings, simplified turns, and calmed traffic by extending curbs, removing a travel lane, and enhancing cycling facilities.”- Vision Zero