City Council Unanimously Passes Bill to Open Street Safety Data

The City Council passed three bills to open up traffic information unanimously today, according to Juan Martinez of Transportation Alternatives. The most far-reaching of those bills, Jessica Lappin’s legislation forcing the city to release fine-grained data about traffic crashes and traffic summonses every month, is expected to be signed by Mayor Bloomberg, the Daily News reported this morning.

Last summer, Lappin’s legislation was threatened by strong opposition from the NYPD, which argued that New Yorkers couldn’t handle information about dangerous intersections and traffic enforcement. Today’s victory for street safety and transparency is thanks to the hard work of the advocates and activists who fought for the bill and the legislators who shepherded it through the City Council.

“With better information, communities can collaborate with government agencies to fix problems like rampant speeding, red-light running and other traffic problems,” said Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, in a statement. “The ability for people to compare their daily experience to up-to-date traffic safety data will open up this process.”

  • Danny G

    Sweeeet. Any word on whether the data will be by intersection or by precinct? Hopefully the former.

  • JK

    A really nice win for TA. This was effective, tenacious, methodical advocacy that will pay-off with a tool that will have lasting and far reaching benefits. There is a big difference between showing a community a map of crashes that happened three years ago, versus three weeks ago.

  • So guess what city agency is going to look really stupid when every citizen can look side-by-side at the number of tickets being handed to cyclists for running red lights in Central Park, the number of traffic injuries caused by bicycles in Central Park, the number of tickets handed to motorists for running red lights on 125th St, and the number of traffic injuries caused by motorists on 125th St?

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