With so many New Yorkers (and tourists) getting around the city by foot it’s understandable that there’d be some human-vehicle collisions now and then. However, it actually happens more often than you’d think.
Being that walking is a necessity in the city for getting around, you’re likely passing these dangerously unfriendly intersections daily and don’t even realize.
One online map now lets people see what areas are the worst for pedestrians based on location: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island.
NYCrosswalk: The Ultimate Guide to Walking Safely in the Big Apple is a “guide parses masses of data to help New Yorkers to know when, where and how pedestrian accidents are most likely to happen.” So far, there have been 9,525 total pedestrian collisions this year, and over 17% of them have occurred in Manhattan alone.
The site notes that at the top of the list for most dangerous intersections are:
- East 96 Street at 3 Avenue
- Lafayette Street at Canal Street
- 3 Avenue at East 30 Street
- 2 Avenue at East 33 Street
- Fort Washington Avenue at West 181 Street
Rush hour tends to be the worst time for Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens with accidents occurring most often during morning commutes as well as afternoon and evening hours on weekdays. The two largest factors in collisions are due to driver distraction or failure to yield the right of way.
Pedestrians may seem to own the streets of NYC, but this map is a clear indicator of how careful we all need to be, especially when it comes to potentially distracted drivers. Even if you have the right of way, stay alert!