Rush to Fix New York City's Dangerous Intersections

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    NEWSLETTERS

    People walking in Manhattan

    After ignoring traffic signals and escaping three close calls, a pedestrian in Brooklyn showed just how dangerous crossing an intersection in New York City can be.

    Some call it a game of chance.

    "Cars don't pay attention to people and people don't pay attention to cars," said Binni Ipcar of Brooklyn.
        
    Others call it a way of life.

    "Just because everyone is in a rush," said Nicole Tony of Brooklyn. "It's New York."

    Whatever the case, city officials are teaming up with the AARP and a number of volunteers to identify some of the cities most dangerous intersections...in hopes of saving lives.

    "Believe or not, one out of four accidents in new york involve a pedestrian," said Michael Olender with the AARP.

    And Olender says senior pedestrians are at a higher risk.

    "Now that's a staggering statistic, especially when you consider how many older New Yorkers are walking," said Olender.

    According to the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, the most dangerous roads in Manhattan were 3rd Avenue along with Broadway between the years of 2006 and 2008. In Brooklyn, the dangerous were identified as Atlantic Avenue and Kings Highway; Staten Island - Hylan Boulevard; The Bronx -East Gun Hill Road along with Grand Concourse; and in Queens - Queens Boulevard made the list.

    That information has volunteers checking for working traffic signals and well marked crosswalks as part of the "Complete Streets" week-long campaign.

    When it comes to pedestrian fatalities between 2006 and 2008, Brooklyn had the highest number with 151.

    Manhattan came in second with 120 pedestrian fatalities.

    "Normally, you could see on a daily basis a lot of people almost get killed," said Michael Tony who was walking with his wife Nicole along Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.

    The couple wasn't surprised by the numbers. "No, not all, they said, "Definitely not!"

    The data collected by the volunteers is expected to be used to write legislation to improve crosswalks.