Mayor de Blasio mentioned Vision Zero pretty early in his first 100 days speech this afternoon. He said the program has “just begun” to address what he called a “growing epidemic of pedestrian deaths.” Traffic deaths are down 26 percent, the mayor noted.
There were 51 traffic deaths through the end of March, compared to 69 during the first three months of 2013. Injuries are down 8 percent, from 11,650 to 10,729.
Motorists killed 27 pedestrians and cyclists on surface streets through March, according to crash data compiled by Streetsblog, and NYPD data showed 45 pedestrian and cyclist fatalities during the same time frame last year — a 40 percent decrease, though this year’s count may be incomplete at this point.
Also on the transportation front, de Blasio said DOT filled 289,000 potholes in the first quarter, compared to 115,000 in 2013.