Just The Facts: Our Work By The Numbers

New York, at its best, has always been a city of neighborhoods: a diverse city of strong communities and common spaces where neighbors come together to shop, eat, walk their dogs and ride their bikes. This is the city we’re proud to call home—a city known worldwide for the vibrant street life and unique neighborhoods made possible by our commitment to safe public spaces.

The results of that commitment can be measured in many ways. Traffic deaths are near an all-time low, bike ridership is higher than ever, streets with pedestrian safety improvements are seeing significant economic success, and millions of New Yorkers have come to expect safe and convenient biking, walking and transit. That’s a blessing for all of us, and a record to beat for New York City’s future decision makers. Read on to learn, number by number, exactly what a better New York City looks like.

Bike Lanes| Bike Share| Bus Rapid Transit| Public Plazas| Street Safety| Traffic Enforcement

Bike Lanes

Separate spaces for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers keep everyone out of each other’s way and out of harm’s way.
  • There are 6,000 miles of streets in New York City and over 12,000 miles of sidewalks, making up about 80 percent of the city’s public space. About 255 miles of bike lanes have been added over the past 6 years—contributing to more than 700 miles of bike lanes in New York City.
  • Bike lanes reduce injuries and death by around 50 percent for everyone where they’re installed.
  • Bike lanes reduce sidewalk cycling by as much as 80 percent.
  • A 2012 New York Times poll found 66 percent of New Yorkers support bike lanes.
  • Bike lanes on commercial streets are associated with a nearly 50 percent increase in retail sales.

Bike Share

Public bike share is a safe and convenient transportation choice that makes bicycling an affordable addition to New York City’s public transportation options.
  • New York City and bike share were made for each other: 54 percent of all trips in New York City are less than 3 miles and more than 20 percent are less than a mile—perfect for bike share.
  • 72 percent of New Yorkers support bike share, according to a 2012 poll.

Bus Rapid Transit

Bus lanes empower New Yorkers with freedom of mobility by expanding access to the public transportation system New York City depends on.
  • Bus Rapid Transit offers better bus service and helps local business.
  • Bus Rapid Transit improvements are shown to increase bus speeds in New York City by 20 percent.
  • Bus Rapid Transit improvements in New York City caused a 71 percent increase in local retail sales.

Public Plazas

New York City is known worldwide for its street life. From taco carts to public fountains, there’s always something good to discover walking our streets.
  • Public plazas are good for business: pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders spent $154 dollars per week, on average; drivers spent $82 per week.
  • Public plazas are shown to reduce pedestrian injuries by about 50 percent.

Street Safety

Safe street designs save lives but more work remains to be done.
  • Between 2001 and 2011, traffic deaths declined by 30 percent.
  • Still, between 2001 and 2011, 1,910 pedestrians and bicyclists died in New York City traffic.
  • More than 50 percent of people killed in traffic every year are pedestrians.
  • Pedestrians are ten times more likely to die than a motor vehicle occupant in the event of a crash.
  • 79 percent of crashes that kill or seriously injure pedestrians involve private automobiles as opposed to taxis, trucks and buses.
  • One New Yorker is killed every 35 hours in a traffic crash.
  • For every eight traffic fatalities, New Yorkers suffer 100 life-altering serious injuries—nearly 34,000 over the past eight years—including the loss of limb, immobility, traumatic brain injury or chronic pain.
  • A little extra speed makes a big impact: 2 percent of people die when struck by motorists going 20 miles per hour, 20 percent of people die when struck by a motorist going 30 miles per hour, and 70 percent of people die when struck by a motorist going 40 miles per hour.

Traffic Enforcement

Safe streets require more than just safe designs—they require safe behavior. That’s why New Yorkers need a zero tolerance policy for dangerous driving.
  • Lawbreaking drivers cause 60 percent of fatal crashes.
  • 68 percent of New Yorkers correctly believe drivers are the leading cause of traffic crashes.
  • Speeding is the most common cause of fatal crashes, but New York City cops give out more tickets for tinted windows than speeding.
  • Speeding kills more New Yorkers than drunk driving and distracted driving combined.