Tri-State Maps NYC Pedestrian Deaths By Age and Gender

Of the five boroughs, Brooklyn saw the most pedestrian fatalities from 2009 through 2011. Many of the victims were seniors, as indicated by pink icons on this TSTC map.

The Tri-State Transportation Campaign’s latest “Most Dangerous Roads for Walking” report [PDF] is another urgent reminder that roads and streets designed for maintaining auto capacity are not safe for people who travel outside a car.

Drawing on federal data from 2009 through 2011, the report ranks the region’s most dangerous roads in terms of total pedestrian fatalities — 1,242 in all during the three-year time frame. Reads the report:

Almost 60 percent of these fatalities occurred on arterial roadways, high-speed roads often with multiple lanes in each direction and few pedestrian amenities such as marked cross-walks or pedestrian count-down signals.

NYC streets with the most pedestrian deaths were as follows:

  • The Bronx: Broadway (5); East Gun Hill Road (5); Grand Concourse (4); Baychester Avenue (4)
  • Brooklyn: Ocean Parkway (6); Eastern Parkway (5); Kings Highway (4); Utica Avenue (4); Bedford Avenue (4)
  • Manhattan: Broadway (12); Amsterdam Avenue (7); Seventh Avenue (5); Second Avenue (5); First Avenue (4)
  • Queens: Woodhaven Boulevard (7); Jamaica Avenue (5); Union Turnpike (4); Queens Boulevard (4); Northern Boulevard (4); Lefferts Boulevard (4)
  • Staten Island: Richmond Avenue (3); New Dorp Lane (2); Hylan Boulevard (2); Port Richmond Avenue (2)

Of Broadway’s 17 pedestrian fatalities, only one occurred south of 96th Street. There was a concentration of fatal collisions in Washington Heights, where drivers head to and from the George Washington Bridge, and where Broadway’s tree-lined medians and pedestrian islands disappear.

With 132, Brooklyn had the most pedestrian deaths of the five boroughs [PDF], followed by Queens (125); Manhattan (93); the Bronx (80); and Staten Island (21).

Tri-State mapped all pedestrian fatalities in each borough, including the gender and age of each victim. The maps suggest some disturbing patterns: note, for example, the number of seniors killed in southern Brooklyn and on the Upper East Side, and the spate of child deaths in East Harlem.

The report calls for more investment in pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure, and recommends speed cameras as a low-cost and effective way to reduce deaths and injuries.

  • Ben Kintisch

    I cross deadly Bedford Avenue a few times a day, often with my baby or dog or both. Scary highway-type road in the middle of a big residential neighborhood. 

  • Ben Kintisch

    One other thought – in Copenhagen, Denmark, every time there is a traffic fatality, the city sends out traffic engineers along with the cops. The engineers look at the location of the accident (often an intersection), and work to re-engineer it so as to make another fatality unlikely. It is a matter of city policy that each tragic traffic death automatically yields a safer city. Look at that map and imagine how much safer Brooklyn would be if we followed the same policy in New York City.

  • Miles Bader

    @Ben_Kintisch:disqus Hmm, according to the “copenhagenize” blog, the Copenhagen government, and especially the police, are irredeemable carheads and shameless lackeys for the roads lobby.

    Still probably way better than the NYPD, of course… ><

  • Miles Bader

    @Ben_Kintisch:disqus Hmm, according to the “copenhagenize” blog, the Copenhagen government, and especially the police, are irredeemable carheads and shameless lackeys for the roads lobby.

    Still probably way better than the NYPD, of course… ><

  • Anonymous

    @Ben_Kintisch:disqus If I’m looking at the map the right way, the pedestrian fatalities on Bedford come at points that should be perfectly manageable for pedestrians: half in PLG (where it’s an over-trafficked but quite narrow road) or right at the bottleneck around Wallabout (where the highway-like part gives way to the Wild West horror show of crazed private school bus drivers and the delivery drivers determined to outdo them).
     
    Not saying you’re wrong about Bedford–it’s dangerous, dangerous road–but just that it’s telling that, for this period of time at least, the most dangerous parts were perhaps the parts where pedestrians felt most comfortable.

  • Anonymous

    @Ben_Kintisch:disqus If I’m looking at the map the right way, the pedestrian fatalities on Bedford come at points that should be perfectly manageable for pedestrians: half in PLG (where it’s an over-trafficked but quite narrow road) or right at the bottleneck around Wallabout (where the highway-like part gives way to the Wild West horror show of crazed private school bus drivers and the delivery drivers determined to outdo them).
     
    Not saying you’re wrong about Bedford–it’s dangerous, dangerous road–but just that it’s telling that, for this period of time at least, the most dangerous parts were perhaps the parts where pedestrians felt most comfortable.

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