Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

NYC Pedestrian Deaths Drop 32 Percent Last Year

NYC Pedestrian Deaths Drop 32 Percent Last Year

Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), announced Monday that New York City saw the fewest traffic fatalities on record a year ago - that includes a 32 percent drop in pedestrian deaths.

Led by a sharp drop in pedestrian deaths, overall traffic fatalities in New York City fell for the fourth consecutive year in 2017 to their lowest on record, thanks at least in part to an ongoing safety improvement program, city officials said on Monday.

Data show 101 pedestrians were killed by vehicles in the city in 2017.

But the city saw an increase in the number of cyclist deaths.

Last year's 23 fatalities among cyclists were almost double the number of bike riders who died in 2013, the year before Vision Zero was instituted.

"Vision Zero is working".

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The program, which includes a lower speed limit, tougher enforcement and improved street design, is one of the signature policies of Mayor Bill de Blasio's first four-year term of office. "We know we have much more work to do to fully achieve Vision Zero". "Not even a single tragedy on our streets is acceptable, and we'll keep fighting every day to protect our people", de Blasio said. City officials said the small numbers make drawing conclusions about the reason for the increase a challenge, though they stressed that it further illustrates the need for continued work on making streets safer. Since the initiative began, more than 180 miles of dedicated lanes have been added to the city's biking network, which now totals nearly 1,200 miles. The NYPD handed out about 200,000 tickets to drivers who failed to yield to pedestrians and speeding, officials said.

The deaths in those two incidents were not included in the city's report on traffic fatalities, a spokesman for the mayor said.

Still, the gains in safety were not reflected on all modes of transportation. Across the city, 23 cyclists were killed previous year - five more than in 2016.

Past year turned out to be a banner one for traffic safety in San Francisco and NY, two leaders in the Vision Zero movement to eliminate all traffic-related fatalities.

All traffic fatalities were down 28 percent from 2013, the year before Vision Zero was launched, to 2017, and pedestrain fatalities were down 45 percent.

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