Crashstat 2.0 Reveals NYC’S Most Dangerous Intersections

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Crashstat shows Fordham Rd. in the Bronx to be one of the most dangerous streets in New York City.

For years, Livable Streets advocates have pushed New York City government to make citywide pedestrian and cyclist crash data more accessible to help civic groups and policy makers make more intelligent street design improvement decisions. Rather than waiting for government to come up with a solution, Transportation Alternatives has launched an updated version of its Crashstat.org web site using Google Maps and complete with crash data through 2005. If you want to advocate for traffic-calming and pedestrian and cyclist safety improvements in your neighborhood, this powerful tool will focus your efforts and help you build your case. From TA:

Thousands of pedestrians and bicyclists are injured or killed on NYC streets every year. With the launch of Transportation Alternatives’ newest web resource, Crashstat 2.0, New Yorkers can identify the most dangerous streets in their neighborhood and work for a safer city. This interactive website allows users to search through 11 years of bicycle and pedestrian crashes on easy-to-use Google Maps. Crashstat 2.0 displays 139,227 pedestrian crashes and 44,942 bike crashes.

Crashstat identifies East 33rd Street and Park Avenue in Manhattan as the intersection with the highest number of pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities in NYC. The intersections with the most crashes in each borough are:

• Manhattan: Park Avenue and East 33rd Street: 156 crashes

• Brooklyn: Eastern Parkway and Utica Avenue: 120 crashes

• The Bronx: East Fordham Road and Webster Avenue: 99 crashes

• Queens: Queens Boulevard and 63rd Road: 72 crashes

• Staten Island: Hylan Boulevard and New Dorp Lane: 34 crashes

"Crashstat 2.0 is an indispensable tool for New Yorkers fed up with dangerous streets," says Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives. "Anyone with an internet connection and a few minutes to spare can go online, research their streets and win stronger safety measures."

Version 2.0 includes the ability to view crash data by community district, displays community facilities (schools, hospitals, senior centers, etc.) and enables users to search through yearly data between 1995 and 2005. The original version of Crashstat.org ushered in a new era of technology-driven community activism. It launched in 2004 and compiled data from 1997-2002.

  • This is a great resource. Is TA aware if other mapping projects out there, maybe in cities other than NYC?

  • ms nomer

    Bravo to TA for making this critical data accessible and user-friendly!

  • ben

    where does the data come from?

    i was hit by a car on my bike in 2005. the police and EMT were called to the scene and a police report was filed, but the there is no indication of this accident on the map.

  • CrashStat.org

    The data comes from the New York State DMV. Unfortunately this data is incomplete in some aspects, so some crashes for one reason or another do not have any location data associated with them. It is quite possible that your crash was not mappable for this reason.

  • Hilary

    What a great tool – but how disappointing that it leaves off data for parkways and highways. Community boards, the Art Commission, Landmarks, etc. are routinely told by DOT engineers that they have to widen/straighten/otherwise make these roadways even worse because of safety concerns — but never provide actual accident data to back it up or discuss. This is unfortunate, because as you know the public is often in a position to offer better solutions if they can be trusted to understand the problem.

  • It doesn’t seem that 33rd and Park Ave has a dark blue circle – so how is it the worst intersection in the city? What am I missing here?

    Bridge and Tunnel entrance/exits seem to be the worst areas for Fatalities in general. Shopping districts also.

  • Angus Grieve-Smith

    Hilary, CrashStat only gives information for pedestrian and cyclist injuries and fatalities. I’d imagine that almost all of the casualties on parkways and expressways would be drivers and passengers.

  • Hilary

    33rd and Park has the entrance to the Park Ave. tunnel, does it not? This is the example cited by Goldman Sachs and others opposing depressing if not burying roads, which otherwise make life at-grade so much better IMHO.

  • CrashStat.org

    Glenn,

    33rd and Park does have a dark blue circle, but it may be clipped because of the way the tiles are drawn. As we state on our Issues page, this is a known bug which is slated to be fixed (that’s why we’re still in beta! 😉 ).

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