March to avoid a pedestrian death

I am passionate about the well-being of others. On Sunday, Aug. 5 at 2:35 p.m., I was thinking about how many lives are lost every year to pedestrian injuries and therefore felt compelled to post a poignant photo to bring attention to a citywide initiative to make the sidewalk on West 54th Street safer.

In this photo, newly acquired private data shows that West 54th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues is the most dangerous intersection in the city for pedestrians. There are 1,581 pedestrian deaths each year in NYC, and these stats account for deaths during both high traffic times and non-high traffic times.

This intersection isn’t just dangerous; it also leaves no warning for pedestrians because it abruptly ends, leaving them without a route to an exit. If you’re not looking over your shoulder, or you’re trying to make your way from a building that just closed, you’re completely on your own.

These flashing “knocking” signs are all over the city and give pedestrians a chance to alert someone to their location on the sidewalk. They can be installed anywhere by requesting a permit by going here.

Because of the number of pedestrians injured and killed on the sidewalks of NYC every year, The New York City Transportation Department has undertaken a massive pedestrian safety initiative called “PathWAY.”

As a part of PathWAY, New York City Department of Transportation has invested $4 million in installing pedestrian signals, makeovers of pedestrian countdown lights, and traffic signals, and also ordered DOT grants to convert an additional 24 miles of sidewalk for pedestrian safety.

Every day in New York City, more than 200 pedestrians are injured on our sidewalks — and in the City’s busiest intersections, those injuries are often fatal.

As we move forward, there is still more to be done. Let’s all help make a difference.

For tips and information on why these projects are so important, visit the agency’s website or follow @NYCTDPW on Twitter.

New York City is committed to improving public safety for all pedestrians and drivers on city streets.

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