Last summer marked the deadliest traffic rush in New York City since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office in 2014, according to a new report – Heisner’s pledge to bring road deaths to zero Defying him as he prepares to leave the office.
The city saw 77 traffic deaths from June to August 2021, according to NYPD statistics crunched by the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives. This is more than any other summer since de Blasio launched his “Vision Zero” program with a promise to completely eliminate fatal accidents by 2024.
The 77 people included seven cyclists, 24 pedestrians and 42 motorists or commuters – a later increase of 147 percent from the summer of 2016, when just 17 car drivers or occupants died.
The group said there were 11 more pedestrian deaths on Manhattan’s streets than in the previous three summers. De Blasio spoke of early successes in reducing road deaths, which at one point under his watch fell to their lowest level ever.
“Mayor de Blasio has lost sight of the success he has made on road safety,” group director Danny Harris said in a statement.
To address the problem, Harris called on “the next mayor … to take steps to reduce driving, including redesigning dangerous corridors and building roads that restrict speed and most Take careless drivers off the road.”
According to the report, the sharpest spike in street carnage was in Brooklyn, where 23 people died in fatal accidents over a three-month period.
As of the end of September, 63 traffic deaths occurred in the city’s most populous borough – more than in all 12 months of 2016-18 and 2020. The report suggested that a 25 per cent increase in SUV ownership could be behind the increase.
Delivery workers and residents of the Bronx have suffered more than other New Yorkers.
As of September 30, ten delivery workers on bikes, e-bikes or scooters have died, while a total of seven workers died in 2020, the report said. Meanwhile, the Bronx has accounted for half of the city’s 13 cyclists’ deaths this year.
The rising traffic fatalities come as the de Blasio administration’s own records indicate that the NYPD has pulled back significantly from traffic enforcement.
According to the mayor’s management report last month, police wrote 57 percent fewer driving tickets last year than before the COVID-19 pandemic.
City Hall did not immediately return a request for comment.