Report Traffic Hazards With NYC’s Vision Zero Map

The city has posted an interactive Vision Zero map for New Yorkers to crowdsource incidents of dangerous driving and other street safety conditions that need attention.

“Your knowledge will be used to create a traffic safety plan for each borough that will describe how to make each borough’s streets safer for everyone, whether walking, biking or driving,” reads the about tab. The map was developed by DOT, NYPD, and the Taxi and Limousine Commission, in conjunction with OpenPlans, Streetsblog’s parent organization.

Shortly after the map went live, broad swaths were covered by multi-colored dots, each representing an observed safety hazard, such as speeding, failure to yield, red light running, and double parking. To submit an observation, users click the “share an issue” button, choose a category, and place a pin on the map where the incident occurred. In addition to motorist violations, there are categories for jaywalking and cyclist behavior, as well as poor infrastructure, including long crossing distances and short pedestrian signal phases.

The map also indicates locations of pedestrian fatalities dating back to 2009. Streets with the highest concentrations of pedestrian-involved crashes in each borough are lined in red.

I took a short walk at lunch today, and as usual saw several drivers putting others at risk. After signing in through Twitter, I chose my category (“other”) to note a motorist who encroached on an Inwood crosswalk as a pedestrian tried to cross. I wrote a brief description of what happened (this is optional) and dropped the pin. It took about a minute. Since then others have posted dozens of incidents, and counting.

It’s cathartic to be able to document these everyday dangers with the city, particularly since the data will be used to make neighborhood streets safer.

  • qrt145

    If this is an official map, why is it not in the nyc.gov domain?

  • pandechion

    Oh, that felt good.

  • Reader

    There should be one giant button for “speeding and red light running” that covers the entire city.

  • Ben Theohuxtable Garber

    OMG! This is just what I needed! Take that, Slow light at the Queensboro on-ramp on 58th st between 1st and 2nd!

    But where do I complain about streets that are one-way in two different sections running into each other?

  • Andrew

    “Other”

  • Clarke

    Shame some comments are already being deleted, such as pointing out failure to yield when the 8th Ave lane turns into a sharrowed route with a taxi stand.

  • AnoNYC

    It’s unfortunate that high poverty areas are typically underrepresented in maps like this. Limited access to the internet? Limited interest in current events? Language barriers? Notice the gaps in Harlem, East Brooklyn, and much of the West Bronx.

    If you are aware of some dangerous traffic situations in these areas, please add. I created several markers in the South Bronx that I am aware of.

  • Jonathan R

    Excellent point. Squeaky wheels getting the grease as usual.

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