BROOKLYN, NY- According to the bkreader.com, about 40 percent of the Brooklyn’s intersections are smaller single-lane streets. While large thoroughfares have received the bulk of attention from safety advocates, smaller intersections on neighborhood streets are often overlooked as potentially dangerous locations for cyclists, pedestrians and automobile accidents.
While major roads certainly have their share of risks, Localize.com points out that a good amount of reckless driving still occurs on quieter streets, and if the city wishes to address all traffic fatalities, then the smaller intersections should be analyzed for safety improvements as well.
About 20 of the intersections ranked as the most dangerous experience accidents at a rate of around one per each nine-month period. About 8 percent of cyclist and pedestrian crashes occur at small one-lane street intersections. While larger intersections clearly present a greater danger statistically, the city should not ignore the risks that exist on smaller streets. Pedestrians and cyclists should feel safe on all of the city’s streets.
Thomas DeVito from Transportation Alternatives states that the city knows how to make intersections safer through the use of added lighting, automated enforcement of speeding violations, enforcement of illegal parking, and installing networks of protected bike lanes. After all, the city’s goals under Vision Zero are to eliminate all forms of traffic-related fatalities within the city completely. In order to achieve this lofty goal, it will be necessary to address safety issues at all locations, not just those with the heaviest traffic.
DeVito says that we already know how to design streets that prevent traffic fatalities, and now the city must have the “courage to do it.”
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