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Some progress seen with New York's Vision Zero plan

Residents in New York City certainly have much to be proud of. Their city is nationally recognized for many reasons and now the effort to not only reduce but to eliminate vehicular deaths on city streets might just be another feather in the big apple's cap. It was five years ago that the Mayor launched what is called Vision Zero, a plan designed to eradicate all deaths in motor vehicle accidents in New York City by the year 2024.

According to a recent report by The New York Times, the plan seems to be working. In 2013, there were 299 vehicular fatalities in the city. By 2017, that number dropped to 222. Now, the story gets even better as 200 deaths were recorded last year. The number of people killed in car accidents in 2018 is actually lower than in any year since the records began being tracked in 1910.

Bicyclists are one group that seems to have benefitted from changes as the 24 rider deaths in 2017 dropped to 10 in 2018. For motorcyclists and pedestrians, however, the news is not so rosy. In 2017, 33 motorcyclists were killed in New York City. In 2018, that number rose to 37. Pedestrian deaths also increased between 2017 and 2018 from 107 to 114. 

The New York City Vision Zero website indicates that the plan to achieve no traffic deaths hinges on multiple factors. These factors include new laws, increased enforcement, redesigned streets and heavy public awareness and education efforts. One tactic that has been implemented is the reduction of the speed limit on many city streets to 25 miles per hour.



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