Vision Zero Working

The Story

Mayor de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” initiative aims to eliminate traffic fatalities in New York City–a goal that once seemed unreasonably ambitious but is in fact achieving measurable success. Deaths among pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists are down in areas that have been re-engineered in accord with Vision Zero principles. Improvements in the roads must be met with more openness in data reporting, though, so that the effectiveness of the program can be accurately assessed.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Up and Down: Pedestrian fatalities are actually on the rise in New York, but only at intersections that have had no Vision Zero-related improvements. Read more.

  2. More and Less: Areas that have had more intensive Vision Zero treatments have experienced sharp declines in fatalities. Read more.

  3. Data Poor: The city is not providing access to the official “Killed or Seriously Injured” index of accident severity and other details, making it harder for researchers objectively to assess Vision Zero. Read more.

“The sole purpose of traffic law should be to prevent harm.”

Leonard Evans, President, Science Serving Society

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The Past is Present

New York’s Next Public Safety Revolution By Nicole Gelinas (Spring 2014)

“Too many New Yorkers die every year because of reckless drivers.”

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