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More than 50 ‘Vision Zero’ projects completed to make NYC safer

January 15, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Bill de Blasio leads the Vision Zero efforts. AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg on Wednesday announced the completion of more than 50 major street and intersection redesign projects in the first year of the city’s Vision Zero initiative. The changes include widened sidewalks, pedestrian refuge medians, protected bike lanes and narrower crossings at dangerous intersections.

The mayor announced that 2014 was the safest year for New York City’s pedestrians since record keeping began in 1910, with overall traffic fatalities down 15 percent from 2013 and pedestrian fatalities down 27 percent.  

“Vision Zero has helped New York City turn the corner toward safer streets for all,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. “I appreciate the de Blasio administration’s laser focus on redesigning our major intersections and arterial roadways to make pedestrian safety a top priority.” 

Highlights from 2014 include 27 new Arterial Slow Zones implemented on more than 120 miles of wide roadways like Atlantic Avenue; 35 dangerous intersections overhauled (nearly triple the number from 2013); 400 new speed humps installed (a 37 percent increase over the previous year); 45 Leading Pedestrian Intervals that give pedestrians a head start crossing streets (three-times more than in 2013); more than 5 miles of new protected bike lanes on streets like Kent Avenue; and new neighborhood “slow zones” lowering speeds on residential streets in Clinton and Brownsville.

In 2014, DOT also hosted public workshops to help develop borough-specific Pedestrian Safety Action Plans. These plans, which will be released next month, use crash data to provide a roadmap for future safety enhancements, and will lead to state-of-the-art corridor and intersection improvements in at least 50 additional locations each year. One of the first projects underway in 2015 includes Atlantic Avenue near Washington and Underhill avenues in Brooklyn.

-Information from the Office of the Mayor

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