De Blasio’s Imaginative And Prescient Zero Program Drops Visitors Deaths To New Low

New York Metropolis’s streets are safer than ever — aside from cyclists.

Metropolis officers Monday cheered Mayor de Blasio’s Imaginative and prescient Zero road security program for driving down complete visitors fatalities to a brand new low of 214 deaths.

Fatalities amongst pedestrians dropped by a 3rd over 2017, to 101 deaths.

Nevertheless, there was a rise in bike owner deaths.

Final 12 months’s 23 fatalities amongst cyclists have been practically double the variety of bike riders who died in 2013, the 12 months earlier than Imaginative and prescient Zero was instituted.

Nonetheless, de Blasio and NYPD officers applauded the discount in visitors mayhem at a police storage in Woodside, Queens.

“Imaginative and prescient Zero is working. The decrease velocity restrict, elevated enforcement and safer road designs are all constructing on one another to maintain New Yorkers secure,” de Blasio mentioned in an announcement. “Now we should deepen this work. Not even a single tragedy on our streets is suitable, and we’ll maintain preventing daily to guard our individuals.”

Metropolis officers additionally mentioned there was progress in finishing up the Imaginative and prescient Zero program.

Final 12 months, underneath Imaginative and prescient Zero, town launched 114 security tasks and put in 25 miles of protected bike lane. The NYPD handed out about 200,000 tickets to drivers who did not yield to pedestrians and rushing, officers mentioned.

Queens Blvd., as soon as dubbed town’s “Boulevard of Demise,” celebrated its third 12 months with no fatality.

Nonetheless, the features in security weren’t mirrored on all modes of transportation.

Like cyclists, there was a rise in automobile deaths — 57 individuals in a automobile died final 12 months, up from the prior 12 months. There have been additionally extra motorcyclists concerned in deadly crashes — 33 individuals final 12 months, in comparison with the 19 individuals the earlier 12 months.

Protected streets advocates nonetheless celebrated a fourth 12 months of dropping visitors deaths.

“That fatalities have fallen for a fourth straight 12 months in New York — at a time when visitors deaths are on the rise throughout the nation — is a testomony to town’s dedication to Imaginative and prescient Zero,” mentioned Paul Steely White, government director of Transportation Alternate options, a nonprofit.

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