Five people were injured in a February crash on 96th street between West End Avenue and Riverside Drive. Photo by Christian.
By Joy Bergmann
Capt. Marlon Larin of the 24th precinct announced at a Community Board meeting the five intersections that saw the most crashes during the period of January 1 through September 30, 2015. (This includes just the intersections in the 24th precinct, which stretches from 86th to 110th street.)
- 96th Street & West End Avenue: 26 collisions
- 96th Street & Amsterdam: 24 collisions
- 97th Street & Columbus: 24 collisions
- 100th Street & Columbus: 23 collisions
- 86th Street & Broadway: 22 collisions
“The bulk of our enforcement comes from the 96th Street corridor, it’s our biggest issue along with its evil twin, 100th Street,” said Larin. Committee co-chair Andrew Albert said CB7 was still working with New York City Department of Transportation [NYC DOT] to get better signaling at 96th & West End.
As for improving other hot spots and achieving CB7’s goal of reducing injuries by one-third in 2016, committee member Richard Robbins volunteered to help dig deeper into the statistics provided by NYPD, noting that the raw numbers do not distinguish the severity of collisions, the extent of injuries (saying “something hurts” counts as an injury whether medical attention was sought or not, according to the captain), the type of vehicle involved be it commercial, taxi, private, or details about time of day and movement of traffic. Closely looking at, say, three problematic intersections may yield insights that could improve results throughout the area, he noted.
Captain Larin pledged to continue evaluating trouble-spots and make recommendations to the NYC DOT via Traffic Intelligence Reports seeking structural improvements like improved lighting, clearer pavement markings and curb extensions. “We don’t always get what we ask for,” he said, asking CB7 to also keep DOT accountable to the community.
No DOT representatives attended the three-hour meeting.