New Website Maps Dangerous Intersections for Cyclists, Pedestrians

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011  |  Updated 1:01 PM EDT
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A new website aims to protect bicyclists and pedestrians by arming them with information about the most dangerous intersections in the city. Pei-Sze Cheng reports.

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A new website aims to protect bicyclists and pedestrians by arming them with information about the most dangerous intersections in the city.

Transportation Alternatives launched crashstat.org Wednesday – an online resource that provides block-by-block statistics on accidents involving cars and cyclists and those involving cars and pedestrians.  

The launch comes on the heels of recently released Department of Transportation figures that revealed particularly perilous intersections for pedestrians and motorists in Manhattan such as Delancey Street at Essex.

There have been more than 520 motor vehicle accidents, 134 of which have involved pedestrians or bicyclists, at the intersection over the last 12 years. Nearly 260 people have been hurt in those accidents.

The most dangerous spot for pedestrians according to crashstat.org, which culled data from 1995 to 2009 from various state agencies, is Park Ave. and 33rd Street in Murray Hill. More than 163 pedestrians have been hurt there over the last 15 years.

The hot spot for bicyclists is at E. Houston St. and the Bowery. Forty one cyclists have been involved in accidents there, according to the site.

The site uses colored bubbles on a map to illustrate the most dangerous intersections. Users can check crash stats by neighborhood, community board, City Council district, NYPD precinct and other geographic areas.

The Department of Transportation has said it’s worked over the years to make the major crash sites safer by reformatting streets, installing countdown signals and implementing other safety measures.

Deadly pedestrian traffic accidents have dropped nearly 40 percent since 1995, an agency spokesman told the Daily News.

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