A new map from the Tri-State Transportation Campaign shows where pedestrians were hit and killed by vehicles from 2010 to 2012. The map, linked here and pasted below, indicates that fatal crashes were spread throughout the neighborhood over that period.
Three years is a small sample size, so it’s hard to find clear patterns, given that there were nine fatal crashes during that period. Another map of collisions created using NYPD crash data shows pedestrian danger zones around several intersections, including 86th street and Amsterdam Avenue, 100th street and Columbus, and on several avenues around 96th street. Safety advocates have asked the DOT and NYPD for more comprehensive data so they can spot trends. Without accurate data, it will be difficult to pinpoint the most at-risk locations and make the right changes.
Community Board 7 came up with a list of four of the most dangerous intersections in the neighborhood and sent it to Gale Brewer, who is attempting to catalog streets that need safety improvements. (The criteria for “most dangerous” isn’t clear, because Brewer left it open to each board. These intersections have been on the board’s radar for several years.
The full citywide list is linked here and Brewer’s letter to the mayor about the intersections is here. She notes they are not a comprehensive list but more of a starting point). “This list is not meant to be exhaustive or definitive, and was not voted on by the Borough Board, but represents community input to help inform the Task Force work ahead.”
The intersections are:
1. West 96th Street and Broadway
2. Riverside Drive and West 79th Street
3. Broadway/Columbus Avenue and West 65th Street
4. Southeast corner of 110th Street Broadway
On February 11, a community board committee will meet to discuss potential improvements to 72nd street and Riverside Drive and 79th street and Riverside Drive. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and will take place at 250 West 87th street.