Transportation Alternatives, New York City’s advocates for traffic safety, identified the top 50 most dangerous intersections citywide, and the 10 most dangerous intersections for each of New York’s five boroughs.
The maps and ranked lists, informed by SDOT crash data and mapped with powerful new software, are online at www.transalt.org. Says Transportation Alternatives’ Executive Director, Paul S. White:
"This is the first time that this data has been made public. These new crash maps are a powerful tool that will help neighborhood groups and concerned parents direct City attention away from easing traffic flow and towards fixing dangerous streets and intersections."
White cites the recently released Citizens for NYC/Baruch College survey that put "dangerous intersections" at the top of citizen complaints, well ahead of traffic congestion and noise.
Transportation Alternatives ranks the worst intersections according to the total numbers of pedestrian injuries and fatalities for the seven years between 1995 and 2001. 2001 is the latest year for which comprehensive data is available.
"The City DOT has done a lot in the past few years to make some of these intersections safer, but much remains undone," added White. The City should routinely apply to all big streets the safety improvements made recently on Queens Blvd, which give pedestrians more crossing time, wider sidewalks and medians, and shorter crossing distances.
Maps and data for other boroughs can be accessed online at www.transalt.org.