In New York annually, an average of 4,000 people are seriously injured and there are more than 250 fatalities in car accidents. Being hit by a car is the leading cause of injury-related death for children, and the second leading cause of death due to injury of seniors. On average, vehicles seriously injure or kill a New Yorker every two hours.
Genesis of Vision Zero Law in NYC
“Death and injury on city streets is not acceptable…we will no longer regard serious crashes as inevitable.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
In 2011, Transportation Alternatives recommended that the City of New York implement a Vision Zero Policy with its publication “Vision Zero: How Safer Streets in New York City Can Save More Than 100 Lives a Year”. The policy would redesign arterial roads and lower the speed limit to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries to zero.
In 2013, the mayoral candidate, Bill de Blasio announces that, if elected, his administration will adopt the Vision Zero policy, after the state received 4,500 letters from Transportation Alternatives activists and crash survivors and victims’ families who went on to form “Families for Safe Streets”.
In January 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the adoption of New York City’s Vision Zero and numbered a long list of initiatives to reduce fatalities on city streets. When Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed the city’s Vision Zero Action Plan, which included a 63 actionable steps to improve traffic safety for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians in the city. Currently, some of the steps that have been completed include lowering city speed limits to 25 MPH, erecting speed enforcement cameras near city schools and ramping up enforcement efforts to ensure that drivers stay off of their cell phones and yield to pedestrians.
The Goal of Vision Zero
The goal of Vision Zero is to reduce the number of injuries or death in car accidents to zero.
Vision Zero Speed Limit
Possible Maximum Travel Speeds
The possible maximum travel speeds depend on the type of infrastructure and traffic.
- Locations with possible conflicts between pedestrians and cars – 19 mph (30 km/h).
- Intersections with possible side impacts between cars – 31 mph (50 km/h).
- Roads with possible frontal impacts between cars, including rural roads – 43 mph (70 km/h).
- Roads with no possibility of a side impact or frontal impact (only impact with the infrastructure) – 62 mph (100 km/h).
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