NEW YORK – According to qgazette.com, Mayor Bill de Blasio has plans to bring the Vision Zero initiative to some of the city’s thoroughfares and most accident-prone roadways. Plans are in the works to make changes along 21st Street from 50th Avenue in Long Island City through 20th Avenue in Astoria.
The area was selected because data indicates it is one of the more dangerous places for pedestrians. Between 2012 and 2016, there have been a reported 16 pedestrian incidents resulting in deaths or severe injuries.
The data collected about accidents throughout the city is being used to identify the places that are in need of the most safety interventions. Under the plan, Leading Pedestrian Interval signals are going to be added to many of the intersections in the most dangerous corridors, and the signal timing is going to be adjusted to help prevent drivers from speeding.
The program will continue to collect data about accidents and study trends related to Vision Zero violations. There will be an increased police presence in the more dangerous locations as well as more representatives from the Department of Transportation.
The corridor has long been considered dangerous, and safety measures implemented in 2015 have not proven successful.
Mayor de Blasio is confident in the ability of Vision Zero to turn things around for 21st street. The Mayor says that Vision Zero is working and when he sees it succeeding in some parts of the city, he wants to implement it in more parts of the city as well.
While Vision Zero has decreased the overall number of traffic fatalities in the city, the benefits have not been uniform across the city, and there are still many places that need improvements.
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