New York Street Redesign Aims to Improve Safety

The Wall Street Journal reports on an extensive street redesign plan in New York City to be completed by 2030. The plan is aimed at an especially dangerous area.
August 21, 2010, 7am PDT | Nate Berg
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"Sixty miles of streets will be redesigned annually, 1,500 intersections will get countdown clocks and the number of slow-traffic zones around schools will triple as part of a new city push to reduce pedestrian injuries and deaths caused by automobiles."

The plan is a result of a 2007 study that revealed 7,000 accidents involving pedestrians from 2002-2006. The study also found a much higher incidence of death or serious injury in the borough of Manhattan as compared to the other four boroughs and offers a profile on those likely to be victims as well as those likely to be behind the wheel.

The journal notes that the plan is just part of a broader overhaul championed by current Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.

Thanks to Ryan Sloan

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Published on Monday, August 16, 2010 in The Wall Street Journal
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