Comprehensive Crash Data for New York City Released Online

In a big victory for safe streets, New York City has released to the public an online database of crash data for the city. Previously, poor and incomplete data made creating safe streets "next to impossible."
May 8, 2014, 8am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"After years of prodding from safe streets advocates, the New York City Council, and the tech community — not to mention reporters — New York City has finally released comprehensive traffic crash data," reports Kate Hinds.

"Previously, the NYPD released crash data on a monthly basis (with big lags) in PDF format."

The data "represents all collisions for which NYPD completed an MV-104 report dating back to July 1, 2012, and can be downloaded in a variety of formats. As of right now, it contains 329,018 separate entries."

According to Hinds's coverage, the data release is a key component in enabling planners and transportation engineers to meet the goals of New York City's Vision Zero traffic safety campaign. 

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Published on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 in WNYC: Transportation Nation
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