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02.11.15 Prachi Gupta

Although 2014 brought New York the fewest number of pedestrian deaths in over 100 years, one lawmaker says Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan is doing “nothing” to keep the streets safe for pedestrians, DNAinfo reports. Queens Assemblyman Michael DenDekker has requested an audit of the expansive program, which has decreased the city-wide speed […]

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12.16.14 Bucky Turco

Despite its “stated policy” to notify reporters about every traffic death, the NYPD only sends the data around 25 percent of the time WNYC reports. These findings come on the heels of the nation’s largest police force facing intense scrutiny for not aggressively investigating drivers involved in fatal crashes, for selectively enforcing traffic laws against […]

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10.03.14 Rhett Jones

In the wake of hysteria over bicyclists being dangerous for pedestrians, a new study finds that injuries are actually declining steadily. The study was done jointly by professors from NYU and Hunter, using hospital data from the past ten years. Between 2004 and 2008, the rate of cyclist-caused pedestrian injuries in New York State went […]

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02.06.14 Andy Cush

Between 2010 and 2012, the Tri-State Transportation Campaign collected data on the deadliest streets for pedestrians across the five boroughs. Broadway topped the list in Manhattan, with nine pedestrian deaths in three years, and Second Avenue was close behind, with seven. In Queens, Woodhaven Boulevard was by far the worst, with eight deaths. Brooklyn’s Flatbush Avenue was […]

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01.20.14 Andy Cush

For their latest action, the safe streets advocacy group Right of Way created stenciled tributes to seven senior citizens who were killed by drivers in the last half year. The group spray painted chalk outlines on the streets where the deaths occurred, as well as text that echoes the NYPD’s mantra for incidents in which […]

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01.19.14 Bucky Turco

A 26-year-old woman died after she was struck by an ambulance and then hit by a car on West 96th Street in the wee hours of Sunday morning. The NYPD responded by issuing summonses… to pedestrians. According to CBS reporter Sonia Moghe, cops were at that location earlier today giving out tickets for jaywalking. The […]

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11.27.13 Andy Cush

Speaker Christine Quinn said yesterday that City Council would work to pass legislation lowering the speed limit to 20mph from 30mph before the end of the year. As Politicker points out, 148 pedestrians were killed in traffic in the city last year. This bill is aimed at lowering that number, as the risk of a fatality is […]

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10.15.13 Andy Cush

To raise awareness about the danger posed by cars to pedestrians, and the NYPD’s refusal to investigate many crashes, a group of cyclists rode around the city Sunday, marking spots where children have been killed by cars. The cyclists, part of the transportation advocacy group Right of Way, used simple chalk outlines to commemorate the […]

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09.23.13 Andy Cush

In the five weeks since the British tourist Sian Green was maimed by a taxi in Midtown, there have been at least nine pedestrians killed by automobiles in the five boroughs and thirteen other accidents involving pedestrian injuries. It seems like an extreme number, and it is, but for NYC it’s business as usual: cars have been killing […]

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03.15.13 Samer Kalaf

Per Gothamist, a band of unnamed cyclists created illegal street memorials last night, remembering the pedestrians and cyclists struck and killed by vehicle drivers who were never charged. The marked spots bring attention to crashes that required no investigation, according to the NYPD. Where applicable, the memorials include the name of the victim, the date […]

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