New York urged to redesign dangerous streets to save lives

New York city authorities are being urged to look at a major redesign of the city’s most dangerous streets – with claims by the advocacy group, Transportation Alternatives, that it would save 50 lives and 1,200 serious pedestrian accidents a year.

Midtown Streets such as Sixth Avenue need to be redesigned to save lives and pedestrian accidents

Midtown Streets such as Sixth Avenue need to be redesigned to save lives and pedestrian accidents Image by Ralph Daily / CC BY 2.0

The New York City economy pays out $4 billion a year in traffic crashes, according to a new report. The New York Post reports that analysis of current data showed that more than half of all crashes occur on large arterial streets such as Sixth Avenue, Queens Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue.

Officials stand by the scene of a collision

Officials stand by the scene of a collision Image by (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Transportation Alternatives says more funding should be put into the redesigning of these streets. Spokesperson, Alana Miller, stressed that aside from the cost of human lives, safer street construction should be seen as part of reducing the huge fiscal costs currently running at $4 billion or about 1% of the Gross City Product.

Already the de Blasio administration has earmarked $250 million under its Vision Zero Great Streets programme to transform Queens Boulevard, 4th Avenue, Atlantic Avenue, and Grand Concourse. Commissioner Polly Trottenberg welcomed such design work on these streets as well as engaging with the local community for safer streets.

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