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Just The Facts: Our Work By The Numbers
When you’re working to convince neighbors, elected officials and journalists about the need for better transit, street design and traffic enforcement, it helps to have some good statistics at the ready. Here are some of the facts T.A. staffers cite most often, with links to the sources, so you can be even more persuasive!
Traffic Fatalities and Serious Injuries
Failure to Yield to Pedestrians
Virtually two-thirds of voters in every borough say they support bringing Complete Street redesigns to their neighborhoods. Support is highest among Bronx voters: 77 percent want safer road designs that include protected bike lanes and pedestrian islands.5
86 percent of all voters surveyed, and 82 percent of car-owning voters, say they support “the city installing more speeding enforcement cameras in school zones.”5
Bike ShareDuring its first 100 days, the Citi Bike system saw 3.2 million trips, averaging 30,000 miles daily. Riders traveled more than 6.8 million miles -- roughly equivalent to 275 trips around the world or 29 trips to the moon.17
Bus Rapid TransitNeighborhoods without subway access have seen significant population growth over the past 25 years, but residents have the longest commutes in the city, because of the slow average speed of existing bus lines. A BRT system with dedicated bus lanes would empower New Yorkers by helping them access places of employment and other much-needed economic opportunities.
Public PlazasAfter the north end of Union Square was redesigned with a bike lane and a pedestrian plaza, speeding on nearby streets decreased by 16 percent, and the number of injury crashes fell by 26 percent.21
Plazas are also good for business. According to a 2013 DOT study:
1New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, “Summary of Vital Statistics,” (2000-2009): http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/pub/pub.shtml?t=vs
2 New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. (2009). Summary of New York City Motor Vehicle Accidents, 2009. http://dmv.ny.gov/sites/default/files/legacy_files/statistics/2009nycsummary.pdf
3 New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (2012), Understanding Child Injury Deaths: Report from the New York City Child Fatality Review Advisory Team. https://www.nyspcc.org/nyspcc/Resources/2012_Child_Fatality_Report.pdf
4 New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, “Summary of Vital Statistics,” (2000-2009): http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/pub/pub.shtml?t=vs
5 New York City voter opinion research, Penn Schoen & Berland on behalf of Transportation Alternatives, September 11-18, 2013
6 New York City Department of Transportation, (2010). The New York City Pedestrian Safety Study & Action Plan. Retrieved from website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/nyc_ped
7 New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. (2009). Summary of New York City Motor Vehicle Accidents, 2009. http://dmv.ny.gov/sites/default/files/legacy_files/statistics/2009nycsummary.pdf
8 Rosen, E., & Sander, U. (2009). “Pedestrian Fatality as a Function of Car Impact Speed.” Accident Analysis and Prevention, (41), 531-542.
9 Matt Flegenheimer, “Bill to Reduce Speed Limit to 25 M.P.H. Gains Favor,”New York Times, June 17, 2014 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/18/nyregion/bill-to-reduce-speed-limit-to-25-mph-gains-favor.html?_r=0
10 Grundy, Chris, Rebecca Steinbach, Phil Edwards, Judith Green, Ben Armstrong, and Paul Wilkinson. (2009) "Effect of 20 mph traffic speed zones on road injuries in London, 1986-2006: controlled interrupted time series analysis." British Medical Journal. 339.b4469: 1-6. http://www.bmj.com/content/339/bmj.b4469.pdf+html
11 Wann, John P., Damian R. Poulter, and Catherine Purcell (2011). "Reduced Sensitivity to Visual Looming Inflates the Risk Posed by Speeding Vehicles When Children Try to Cross the Road." Psychological Science. February 2011: 1-6. http://pss.sagepub.com/content/early/2011/03/16/0956797611400917
12 Dultz, L. A., Foltin, G., Simon, R., Wall, S. P., Levine, D. A., Bholat, O., Slaughter-Larkem, D., & Jacko, S. (2013). Vulnerable roadway users struck by motor vehicles at the center of the safest, large us city. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, 74 (4), 1138–1145. http://journals.lww.com/jtrauma/Abstract/2013/04000/Vulnerable_roadway_users_struck_by_motor_vehicles.28.aspx
13 New York City Department of Transportation, (2010). The New York City Pedestrian Safety Study & Action Plan. Retrieved from website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/nyc_ped
14 New York City Department of Transportation. (2014). About DOT. Retrieved from website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/about/about.shtml