NYC is a shocker when it comes to pedestrian deaths. In every other city in the nation pedestrian deaths make up 13% of road fatalities. In NYC it’s 52%. Sure the Mayor and the City Council, see the video, have launched a ‘Vision Zero’ program to cut back on pedestrian deaths, but frankly the reasons why there are so many deaths is complex and pedestrians, who are more common in NYC than anywhere too, can’t really take their safety for granted anytime soon.
So much of NYC life happens in the streets that they are rightly seen by many New York natives and visitors as less a motorway and more as of part of the fabric of public space. But they are motorways and nearly all those pedestrian deaths are caused by a collision between a pedestrian and a car, truck, taxi or bus. So these are these steps to take to safeguard your safety when you are on the streets.
-Never ever, cross against the lights or jaywalk. Just. Do. Not. do. It.
-However that is not enough to keep you safe. The bulk of fatalities occur at intersections and the majority of those involve pedestrians who have right of way being mown down. So whenever possible cross with a group of other pedestrians. A group of pedestrians is easier to see than a sole walker.
-If you are crossing a road on your own, check left, right and stay still if there is any traffic coming. And if you are at an intersection check the cross street for traffic too.
-If you see a car heading towards where you are going to cross never guess that you have time to make it and make a dash. Wait until you see they have seen you and you’re they are stopping before crossing.
-Left hand turns and to a lesser extent right hand turns by vehicles are lethal in NYC, much more so than anywhere else in the nation. So when at an intersection that allows either or both, be very, very cautious.
BE SAFE OUT THERE.