These statistics are frightening:
- Approximately 4,000 New Yorkers are seriously injured
- More than 250 are killed each year in traffic crashes.
- Being struck by a vehicle is the leading cause of injury-related death for children under 14, and the second leading cause for seniors.
- On average, vehicles seriously injure or kill a New Yorker every two hours.
However there is hope for in 2014 New York City registered the fewest number of pedestrians that were killed by traffic incidents since 1910. Since 2007 the city has been installing traffic lights and pedestrian countdown signals, among other safety measures.
North Brooklyn has had more than its share of traffic fatalities. The latest sign of hope that roads in this area are becoming safer occurred this January when the Department of Transportation installed a signal at the intersection of Green Street and Manhattan Avenue. In March of 2014, this intersection was where Jorge Rios, a driver at the nearby Java Car Service, was killed while riding his motorcycle. Council Member Steven Levin moved to call attention to necessity of a traffic signal on this intersection by requesting that the DOT look into the potential of installing a signal there.
I’m sure many during their daily travels encounter areas that need a traffic light or some other form of cautionary action. For instance, in my usual trek the intersection of Conselyea Street and Lorimer Street could use a traffic light and the “Walk” signal should be fixed crossing Metropolitan from North 5th Street and Marcy Avenue. According to NYC’s “Vision Zero” website: “Making New York the world’s safest big city will require more than government policy and programs – it will take citizen action from the grassroots up. … Vision Zero invites every New Yorker to join the public conversation on street safety and to do his or her part to safely share the roads.”
Be a part of the Vision Zero solution:
- Attend a Vision Zero Town Hall meeting, or any of the other events in your neighborhood.
- You can express your concern at a Precinct or Community Board meeting.
- Contact your local State Assembly member, State Senator, or City Council member to encourage the passing of upcoming legislation.
- Join us on social media and use the #VisionZero hashtag to unify the message and see what others are contributing to the conversation.