Mayor de Blasio's administration has pledged to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries involving cars, bikes and pedestrians throughout the city via Vision Zero, a plan that seeks to eliminate all traffic deaths by 2024. There have still been over 200 people killed in these incidents so far in 2014. Today, the city unveiled its latest Vision Zero initiative: the Vision Zero View, a comprehensive map for the public to track all these traffic deaths and injuries. You can access it here.
"To further advance the conversation, I am happy to announce that today the City is launching Vision Zero View, an online map that gives every resident access to timely information about the safety problem in their neighborhood, and what enforcement, design and outreach solutions the City is using to solve it," said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg at the Vision Zero for Cities Symposium at Brooklyn Law School this morning. "These are your streets, and now you have the information you need to help us attack this problem."
"What it does is show everyone in the city where the administration is taking various measures to reduce traffic fatalities, and it shows the most current details about where these crashes and serious incidents are happening," said Ben Furnas, a senior policy analyst and the primary liaison to the Vision Zero taskforce. "We're excited because we think it ensures the administration is held accountable—we're interested in transparency about the actions we're taking."
There's a lot of information, all culled from the city's open data portals, to filter through on the site: In addition to up-to-date (about a week old) statistics on pedestrian, cyclist and vehicular fatalities (divided monthly and yearly, with yearly totals as far back as 2009), there are maps showing various slow zones, safe streets and current safety projects; various educational and outreach locations; and all police, community and city council districts (which also includes density of injuries by area).
"We think it's going to be a good tool both internally and externally to make sure we're taking the best possible measures to improve safety on our streets," Furnas added.
As of the launch today, the data has been updated through October 29th. We compared the city's stats with WNYC's complimentary Mean Street counter, which is updated through November 9th. There seems to be a slight discrepancy between the data sets—in addition to the 11 to 12 deaths that occurred during the 11 day delay, WNYC has 4 to 5 more deaths on record than the city. One possible reason: the city's tracker doesn't list incidents at places like Central Park (e.g., pedestrian Jill Tarlov died after being struck by a cyclist in Central Park in September), limited-access highways, and other places with no direct addresses. However, Furnas says the total number of fatalities (209) and injuries (36,461) do take these incidents into account, even if you can't find them on the map right now.
But the city claims to be dedicated to transparency with its data, and likewise, wants to continue improving the tracker. "There's still a lot of outreach to be done," Furnas said. "The 25 mph zones are still rolling out, the DOT is putting up signs as we speak, and there are a new set of redesigns and street changes still coming."