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Boulevards of Death

I love how this article calls these “crashes,” as if it is too hard to simply acknowledge that these are slaughters of pedestrians by drivers, clear and simple. How many times I have almost been killed or maimed crossing Queens Blvd. by some irresponsible driver I don’t even know because it has happened so often. I always wait for the walk signal too, having so many, many years ago realized that to try to cross Queens Blvd. against the walk signal would almost surely eventually result in my demise.

There is so much revealing–and potentially life saving information from this City study and the Times article–that this blog will be digesting it and referring to it for probably quite a while.

Queen Blvd., after all, is one of the worst parts of living in Forest Hills. It’s a horrible mistake the way it is currently is, and one that needs to be dramatically altered to save future lives.

Here is one interesting excerpt from the Times article:

Transportation officials say they are planning a media campaign to educate New Yorkers about safe driving practices — including a reminder that the standard speed limit for the city’s streets is 30 miles an hour, a fact that Ms. Sadik-Khan, in an informal poll of her friends, discovered that almost nobody knew.

The study found that 43 percent of pedestrians killed in Manhattan did not live in that borough, and that Brooklyn had the most pedestrians killed or seriously hurt and Staten Island the fewest — both in raw numbers and per capita.

Pedestrians would be well advised to favor sidewalks to the right of moving traffic — left-hand turns were three times as likely to cause a deadly crash as right-hand turns — and to stay particularly alert at intersections, where three-quarters of the crashes occurred.

Read the entire article here:

N.Y. / Region
By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM
Published: August 16, 2010
A study of crashes involving pedestrians offers insight into the life on the streets of New York City.
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