As expected, 2011 has been a banner year for people not dying in our streets. Mayor Bloomberg today held a press conference to tout the fact that, as of December 27th, this year boasted the fewest annual traffic fatalities since records started being kept in 1910! All in all there were 237 traffic fatalities this year—down from 271 last year and 393 in 2001. Of those, 134 were pedestrian fatalities, according to the city, which is down 31 percent from 2001.
Digging a little deeper into the numbers, there were "47 senior pedestrian fatalities, a 27 percent reduction since 2001; and a record low of only three child pedestrian fatalities." And yup, these new numbers include bicycle related deaths. According to hizzoner, "Bicycle fatalities have held within the same range over the last decade, despite bike ridership quadrupling during that time period." Not that the city is keen on prosecuting cyclist fatalities or anything but still (for the record? Statistically, drivers kill more people in NYC than guns).
Now, dying from a traffic accident is not the same as being injured in a traffic accident (stats for which are harder to track, though this handy map is a start) and these new stats still have room for improvement...but less dead people is still definitely a good thing.