Vision Zero Expands Into Brooklyn
Last year, New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative, a program aimed at reducing pedestrian deaths made a momentous announcement. De Blasio announced that in 2017, not only did the city see a decrease in overall traffic accidents, but that traffic accidents involving pedestrians also fell. In fact, the city saw a whopping 32% drop in pedestrian fatalities. That’s in sharp contrast to the increase in fatalities nationwide between 2013 and 2016 reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The initiative includes lower speed limits, increased enforcement, and safer street designs.
As the Brooklyn Eagle reports, now the Vision Zero initiative is looking to expand into New York’s Brooklyn neighborhood.
Several busy Brooklyn streets will receive additional addition from the Department of Transportation as a part of the Vision Zero program. The mayor came to William McKinley Intermediate School to announce the start of the next phase of the program.
The streets that were named in the announcement as Priority Corridors are:
Eighth Avenue from 39th Street to 73rd Street
Surf Avenue from Ocean Parkway to Atlantic Avenue
Linden Boulevard from Flatbush Avenue to Sapphire Street
Bedford Avenue from Manhattan Avenue to Flatbush Avenue
The changes that the Department of Transportation will be making will include changing the timing of traffic lights, altering pedestrian signals to allow more time to cross the streets and the installation of other safety measures.
These Priority Corridors were announced when it was discovered that just seven percent of all New York intersections were responsible for 50% of all traffic accidents within the city.