Pedestrians in New York are typically aware of their vulnerability when they cross busy streets. However, most would likely not consider walking on the sidewalk to be life-threatening. In a shocking pedestrian accident in Queens, three pedestrians, including a small child, were struck by a car while they were walking on the sidewalk.
An important new technology is slated to be tested in New York City and two other venues as part of a $42 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The technology intends to improve pedestrian safety and reduce pedestrian accident numbers. It is also designed to reduce congestion and emissions.
On July 14, a group called Families for Safe Streets held a vigil attended by hundreds of people at Union Square in New York City. That group was joined by another advocacy group, Transportation Alternatives, in making the case for safer streets and smaller pedestrian accident numbers. The gathering also met to support the program of Mayor de Blasio called Vision Zero, which intends to reduce the number of traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries down to zero by the year 2024.
It's hard to believe that the expansive versatility of Google could be implemented to decrease the rate of pedestrian deaths in a metropolitan area like New York City. Nonetheless, that is precisely what some city policymakers and engineers are seeking in their efforts to get Google to program certain safety procedures into Google maps. It is hoped that pedestrian accident numbers will be reduced by the intended changes.
The new mayor's aggressive plan for improving traffic safety in New York City is moving forward. A major intersection in the Lincoln Center area of New York City is attracting numerous calls for re-designing the maze of intersecting streets so that pedestrians and bicyclists may be more secure in accessing the area. In past years, there have been numerous cases of pedestrian injury in the area.
A British tourist recently lost her leg after an accident in New York City. The young woman was struck by a taxi as she stood on the sidewalk having a hot dog. The driver was not criminally charged, but the victim plans to file a pedestrian injury claim against the City of New York. She states the city's negligence allowed the driver to remain on the road despite his reckless driving record.
Manhattan is host to millions of people every day, and many of them are on the move. The high volume of drivers, bikers and pedestrians provides for a vibrant city, yet it also creates the potential for a variety of motor vehicle accidents. As such, New York leaders are usually trying to find ways to protect the safety of everyone on the road.