While NYC is ranked the safest walking city in the NAtion, it has had to work hard to achieve that title.
Because NYC’s streets are a toxic mix of crowded sidewalks, double parked delivery trucks, pushy taxi drivers, fearless cyclists weaving in and out of traffic and oblivious pedestrains striking out across a street without using a crossway it takes coNStant vigilance to stay safe.
But NYC’s DOT has a brilliant program which all NYC school kinds do which has helped bring down the number of children admitted to hospitals for street accidents. It’s called ‘Safety City’ and it’s been going since 1990. See the great video which gives you a good idea of how it operates.
As you can see in the video the kids learn how to tell exactly what is happening on the road, how to act as their own safe guardians and in the process they learn the habits of a lifetime which continue to protect them from harm.
Great stuff D.O.T.