The latest Tri-State Transportation Campaign analysis, released today, National Walking Day, finds that 1,298 pedestrians were killed on roads in Connecticut, New Jersey and downstate New York in the three-year period from 2012 through 2014.
The Most Dangerous Roads for Walking analysis found that New York’s Route 25, which winds through Long Island and Queens (also known as Jericho Turnpike, Middle Country Road, and Queens Boulevard) was the region’s most dangerous road for pedestrians. Twenty-four pedestrians were killed along this corridor during the three-year period.
Route 25 in Suffolk County and Route 24 in Nassau County (Hempstead Turnpike) both saw 12 fatalities between 2012 and 2014, the most fatalities for a road in a single county.
In New Jersey, U.S. Route 130 (Burlington Pike) was the Garden State’s most dangerous road for a sixth straight analysis with 18 fatalities on the corridor (11 in Burlington County alone), which runs through Burlington, Camden, Mercer and Middlesex Counties. In Connecticut, U.S. Route 1 was the Nutmeg State’s most dangerous road for the eighth consecutive analysis with 10 fatalities.
In New York City, Brooklyn’s Flatbush Avenue saw 11 pedestrian fatalities during the three-year period as did Queens Boulevard in Queens (part of Route 25). New York City had quite a few roads appear among the most dangerous overall in this year’s analysis: Grand Concourse in The Bronx had 10 fatalities while both Northern Boulevard and Rockaway Boulevard in Queens saw eight pedestrian deaths each during the three-year period.
Noticeably absent from the list was Woodhaven Boulevard, which saw zero fatalities in 2014. Woodhaven Boulevard was Queens’ most dangerous road in TSTC’s 2015, 2014 and 2013 Most Dangerous Roads analyses.
This year’s analysis, unlike previous years’ analyses, also includes information on pedestrian deaths that took place in the four most-populous upstate New York counties (Albany, Erie, Monroe and Onondaga).
Eleven roads saw at least 10 pedestrian deaths between 2012 and 2014:
|SR-25 (Jericho Turnpike, Middle Country Road, Queens Blvd)||Suffolk, Nassau, Queens||NY||24|
|US-130 (Burlington Pike, Bordentown Rd, North Crescent Blvd)||Burlington, Camden, Mercer, Middlesex||NJ||18|
|SR-25A (Northern Blvd, Main St, North Country Rd)||Suffolk, Nassau, Queens||NY||18|
|SR-27 (Sunrise Highway)||Suffolk, Nassau, Queens||NY||16|
|SR-24 (Hempstead Turnpike, Flanders Rd)||Suffolk, Nassau||NY||14|
|US-30 (Absecon Blvd, White Horse Pike)||Atlantic, Camden||NJ||12|
|Atlantic Avenue||Brooklyn, Queens||NY||10|
|SR-47 (South Delsea Dr)||Cumberland, Cape May, Gloucester||NJ||10|
|US-1 (Boston Post Rd)||Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex, New London||CT||10|
The analysis found that roads classified as arterials — multi-lane roads, often with speed limits of 40 mph or higher and little pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure — are the region’s most deadly. About 15 percent of lane miles in the region are classified as arterials, but 52 percent of pedestrian fatalities in the region occurred on this type of road.
So what can be done to improve pedestrian safety in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut? Some recommendations from the anaylsis:
- Dedicate at least 2 percent of the $1 billion increase in NYSDOT Capital Program (a minimum of $100 million) to pedestrian and bicycling projects over the next five years
- Grant local leaders the power to lower speed limits
- Allow municipalities to use their own adopted design guides in lieu of, or in addition to, AASHTO
- NYC should contribute at least $250 million annually to fix its most dangerous streets and corridors
- Double investment in Transit Village and Safe Streets to Transit programs, which fund pedestrian improvements, to $2 million each
- Call on state legislators and the governor to increase the state gas tax for the first time in 28 years
- Support the November 2016 ballot referendum to constitutionally dedicate all of NJ’s gas tax revenue to the Transportation Trust Fund
- Adopt Safe Passing legislation (A1348) to enhance safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, construction workers and law enforcement officers
- Implement pedestrian safety recommendations from existing studies on Route 1, such as those completed by the Western Connecticut Council of Governments and the Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments
- Provide a proportional set-aside of Highway Safety Improvement Program funding for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure
- Ensure the Highway Design Manual update is transparent, consistent with the state complete streets law and ConnDOT complete streets policy, and inclusive of the state Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Board
- Support a measure to constitutionally protect transportation revenue from being diverted to other uses
Find interactive maps, fact sheets, press releases and a summary of the analysis at tstc.org.