One of the Most Dangerous Areas for Pedestrians is on the LES

Posted on: August 10th, 2018 at 5:00 am by

Not much has changed since 2014

One of the most dangerous areas in Manhattan for pedestrians and cyclists is located in the borderlands of Little Italy and the Lower East Side, according to data mining website Localize.

Street safety data was apparently evaluated at every New York City intersection between January 2013 and January 2018. “The analysis created an index that weighted one-, two- and multi-lane streets differently to avoid a bias toward streets with more traffic,” the press release noted.

Their number-crunching points to the deadly triangle concentrated “around Delancey/Kenmare Street,” which is loosely defined in the report as the boundaries of Grand/Spring/Broadway/Forsyth. Results: in the five-year period, 515 cyclists were injured, 826 pedestrians injured, and 10 killed.

And into that cauldron of calamity, the city wants to force-feed fifty shuttle buses per hour during the fifteen-month L-train shutdown. An alternate route for straphangers. So, yeah, it’ll only get worse. Unless the Kenmare Little Italy Loop Coalition gets its way.

These results from Localize were released alongside eleven other deadly locations around the Five Boroughs. The major conclusions drawn from this exercise are that pedestrians and cyclists in these areas have a threefold higher rate of injury or death than elsewhere in the city, and that “crashes often occur near elevated tracks or bridges and their approaches.”

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