New York City expands Vision Zero program across most dangerous streets (Vision Zero Watch)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has launched a new expansion of the city’s Vision Zero program with an action plan to make the most dangerous streets in the city safer for pedestrians and other road users.

The mayor has released the New York City Department of Transportation’s (NYCDOT) new Borough Pedestrian Safety Plans, which target the next wave of streets and intersections the city will make safer for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.

The plans use the latest crash data, showing that just 7% of the city’s streets, covering 424 miles (682km), are responsible for nearly half of all pedestrian fatalities. By the end of 2019, the city will change traffic signals on all the newly added corridors to discourage speeding, and give pedestrians exclusive crossing time at 300 intersections to prevent crashes.