Jan. 19, 2016 Staff Report
Mayor Bill de Blasio declared Vision Zero a success Tuesday, announcing that 2015 was the safest year for New York City roads on record.
De Blasio made the announcement alongside the DOT at Woodside’s Razi School on Queens Boulevard, a notoriously dangerous corridor that the City is redesigning with traffic calming measures and new bike lanes. He also announced $115 million in new funding for traffic safety efforts in 2016.
According to City statistics, 231 people lost their lives to traffic crashes in 2015, the fewest since record keeping began in 1910. This number also marks a 22 percent drop from 2013, before Vision Zero launched, and the first time in a decade that all traffic fatalities have declined in two consecutive years.
Pedestrian deaths this year fell 27 percent from 2013, to 134.
“Vision Zero is working,” de Blasio said. “This progress is just the beginning, and Vision Zero is going to move ahead with even more intensity in the coming year.”
“We at DOT are extremely proud that 2015 was the safest year on record for pedestrians on New York City’s streets. However, we recognize that any fatalities mean we have more work to do,” DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said.
The $115 million in new funds will include $29.6 million for “area-wide improvements in Long Island City,” according to the Mayor’s office.
Officials did not respond to questions regarding what these improvements will entail as of press time. However, the DOT previously announced that a street reconstruction project is in the works for the Hunters Point area.