New York City’s most dangerous roads for walking, ranked

The Tri-State Transportation Campaign released its annual list of the deadliest streets based on pedestrian fatalities. The takeaway? Do your walking in Staten Island.

Photograph: Ben Rosenzeig

After a grim year in pedestrian fatalities, the also-grim ranking of most dangerous roads in NYC has arrived. The list, compiled by nonprofit advocacy group the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, crunches data about pedestrian fatalities from 2010 through 2012 to determine the deadliest roads for walkers. Manhattan's Broadway can claim the dubious honor of being the third most dangerous thoroughfare in the entire region (comprising Connecticut, downstate New York and New Jersey).

But let's dig into the borough-by-borough stats. With 123 pedestrian deaths, Brooklyn is the most dangerous borough for walking (sorta makes sense, since it's also the biggest). Queens is up next (115 fatalities), followed by Manhattan (89), the Bronx (72) and Staten Island (21). So that's one reason to move to S.I.

Here are the most dangerous roads in the five boroughs for walking:

1. Broadway, Manhattan (9 fatalities)
2. Woodhaven Blvd, Queens (8 fatalities)
3. Second Ave, Manhattan (7 fatalities)
4. Tie between Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, and Seventh Ave, Manhattan (6 fatalities each)
5. Tie between First Ave, Manhattan; Ocean Pkwy, Brooklyn; Union Tpke, Queens; and Northern Blvd, Queens (5 fatalities each)

Bloomberg did a lot to improve city streets during his tenure; we hope Mayor de Blasio will make it a priority.

(h/t The Village Voice)

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Editor: Marley Lynch (@marleyasinbob)

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