California is doing everything possible to implement comprehensive traffic safety measures to eliminate deaths and serious injuries on our roadways. It includes strategies to reduce our dependence on driving, to the way we design roads and intersections, to expanding safe walking and biking options.
It also recommends minimum safety standards for the manufacture of mechanically propelled vehicles and other types of vehicles, recommends minimum conditions of safety such as specifying the maximum load bearing and capacity limits, recommends standards for vehicular traffic on the national highways (speed lanes, right of way), conduct research on road safety and management, establish procedure for data collection, involve nongovernment organizations in the promotion of road safety, and provide for special requirement of women, children, and senior citizens.
But strict implementation of traffic rules and stringent punishments alone will not solve the persisting crisis. Change in the mind set of riders and drivers and road users realizing their responsibilities alone will bring about a change.
New York City is the safest large U.S. city and is getting safer, with 62% fewer traffic fatalities per 100,000 than the average of the 24 next-largest cities. Traffic fatalities decreased 31% from 2001 to 2010 to historic lows. The New York City Interagency Road Safety Plan (pdf) describes programs and initiatives to further reduce traffic fatalities, injuries and crashes, improve compliance with traffic laws and improve road safety in New York City. This plan builds upon Sustainable Streets and the Pedestrian Safety Study and Action Plan, and helps satisfy requirements of Local Law 12, signed into law by Mayor Bloomberg in February 2011.
As part of the 2022 Pedestrian Safety and Older New Yorkers report, NYC DOT conducted a wide-ranging before and after analysis of safety treatments to compare injury, severe injury, and fatality changes between seniors and non-senior adults. The agency identified seven treatments that were particularly powerful in terms of reducing injuries for senior pedestrians. Building on that work, NYC DOT also analyzed safety outcomes for those same treatments for all road users, pedestrians and motor vehicle operators. Safety Treatment Evaluation (2005-2018) (pdf)
This study provides a comprehensive look at NYCs Protected Bike Lane (PBL) intersections. The report contains background on the different PBL intersection design treatments used by NYC DOT, an analysis of the safety and comfort of these treatments, and recommendations on their use in different street contexts. Additionally, it evaluates new pilot treatments to be included in the PBL intersection toolbox. Download Cycling at a Crossroads (pdf) (September 2018) Download Cycling at a Crossroads Appendix (pdf) (September 2018)
Bowery Houston Bleecker Transportation StudyDOT has completed the Bowery Houston Bleecker Transportation Study which sought to improve traffic circulation andenhance safety for all road users while addressing community concerns. The study area was bounded by Clinton Street andAvenue B to the east, Mercer Street to the west, East 4th and East 8th Streets to the north and Spring and DelanceyStreets to the south. The study assessed traffic and transportation conditions in the area and identified short andlong-term safety improvements. Issues such as land-use, traffic congestion, pedestrian & bike safety, truck activity andaccidents were studied in detail. The recommendations and improvement measures that were generated include roadwaygeometry changes, parking regulation changes and pedestrian safety enhancements. Download the Future Conditions and Recommendations Report (Sept 2014) Download the Third Public Meeting Presentation (Nov 2013) Download the Second Public Meeting Presentation (Feb 2012) Download the Existing Conditions Report (Dec 2011) Download the First Public Meeting Presentation (May 2010)
Citywide Congested Corridors ProjectThe Citywide Congested Corridors Project (CCCP) is a project undertaken by the New York City Department ofTransportation (NYC DOT) of nine busy roadways across the five boroughs, with the goals of improving mobility, safety,air quality and the quality of life for all street users. Funding was obtained as part of the Congestion Mitigation andAir Quality (CMAQ) Program. This project includes studies and preparation of improvement strategies for the selectedcongested corridors throughout the five boroughs of the City of New York.
Downtown Brooklyn Transportation BlueprintThe Downtown Brooklyn Transportation Blueprint was initiated in response to the City's 2004 rezoning of downtown Brooklyn and major developments such as Atlantic Yards and Brooklyn Bridge Park. Despite Downtown Brooklyn's excellent masstransit access, the area suffered from roadway congestion. The success of future projects depends on maintaining accessand mobility and continuing to improve safety and health. The blueprint lays out a comprehensive set of multi-modaltransportation treatments and innovations that can be implemented as needed over time to address existing congestion andthe needs of future growth. Download the Blueprint Technical Memorandum (part I, part II) Download the project fact sheets (pdf) Download the implementation framework (pdf)
Downtown Jamaica Transportation Study (2019)The Downtown Jamaica Transportation Study was part of the collaborative "Jamaica Now Action Plan" and sought to assessexisting traffic and transportation conditions with the aim to satisfy future travel demand, improve traffic operationsand enhance safety for all modes in the area. Both an existing (2016) and a future (2026) conditions analyses wereconducted for the study. It assessed traffic and transportation issues in a primary and a secondary study area throughextensive surveys and a heavy reliance on quantitative data and analysis. It involved extensive community andstakeholders participation throughout the planning process. The primary study area is bounded by Hillside Avenue to thenorth, 183rd Street to the east, Liberty Avenue to the south, and the Van Wyck Expressway to the west. The secondarystudy area is bounded by Union Turnpike to the north, 193rd Street/Farmers Boulevard to the east, Linden Boulevard tothe south, and 130th Street to the west. The study resulted in a variety of short- and long term recommendations toimprove traffic operations and safety at numerous locations. The recommended improvement measures include installationof curb extensions and medians, one-way conversions, signal timing and roadway geometry changes, and roadwayreconstruction, among others.Download the Downtown Jamaica Transportation Study Final Report (pdf) Download the Downtown Jamaica Transportation Study 2018 Street Improvement Project Presentation May 2018 (pdf) Download the Downtown Jamaica Future Conditions and Recommendations March 2018 (pdf) Download the Downtown Jamaica Safety and Mobility Improvement Projects May 2017 Presentation (pdf) Download Downtown Jamaica Transportation Study Existing Conditions March 2017 Presentation (pdf)
NYC DOT undertook the Green Light for Midtown project to improve mobility and safety in the Midtown core, and make the area a better place to live, work and visit. NYC DOT made a series of targeted traffic changes along the Broadway corridor in 2009 and 2010 to further these goals. This evaluation report uses a comprehensive set of quantitative information to measure and assess how well the changes achieved the project goals. Green Light for Midtown Evaluation Report (pdf) Green Light for Midtown video on YouTube Photos of Green Light for Midtown (pdf) More photos of Green Light for Midtown on Flickr
North Williamsburg Transportation StudyDOT has completed the North Williamsburg Transportation Study which sought to identify existing and future travel needsand enhance safety for all street users while addressing community concerns. The study area was bounded by Newtown Creekto the north and east, Broadway and Flushing Ave to the south and by Kent Avenue to the west. The study evaluatedtransportation conditions in the area to identify short and long-term safety and circulation improvements. Study areademographics, land-use, traffic congestion, pedestrian & bike safety, truck activity and accidents were studied indetail. The recommendations and improvement measures that have been generated include one way conversions, roadwaygeometry changes, parking regulation changes and pedestrian safety enhancements. Download the full Study (pdf) (March 2019) Download the Study Appendixes (pdf) (March 2019) Download the Findings and Recommendations Presentation (pdf) (June 2018) Download the Existing Conditions Presentation (pdf) (March 2017)
South Williamsburg Transportation StudyDOT has completed the South Williamsburg Transportation Study which sought to identify existing and future travel needsand enhance safety for all street users while addressing community concerns. The study area was bounded by Broadway tothe north, Park Avenue to the south and by Kent Avenue to the west. The study evaluated transportation conditions in thearea to identify short and long-term safety and circulation improvements. Study area demographics, land-use, trafficcongestion, pedestrian & bike safety, truck activity and accidents were studied in detail. The recommendations andimprovement measures that have been generated include roadway geometry changes, parking regulation changes andpedestrian safety enhancements. Download the full Study (August 2016) Download the Third Public Meeting Presentation (pdf) (Presented in June 2016) Download the Second Public Meeting Presentation (pdf) (Presented in November and December 2015) Download the First Public Meeting Presentation (pdf) (Presented in January 2015)
In September 2020, the UN General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/74/299 "Improving global road safety", proclaiming the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030, with the ambitious target of preventing at least 50% of road traffic deaths and injuries by 2030. WHO and the UN regional commissions, in cooperation with other partners in the UN Road Safety Collaboration, have developed a Global Plan for the Decade of Action, which was released in October 2021. 2b1af7f3a8