Contributed by Regan Yee.
New York City — it’s known for its fast walkers, busy people, and of course aggressive drivers. Many people who live here know that it is a nightmare to drive here; there are too many cars, too few parking spots, jaywalkers, cyclists, flashing lights, honking, and the list goes on. It’s no wonder that after living here for a majority of my life that traffic conditions in Boston felt very tame in comparison. When I was in Boston for college, the local Bostonians would say that their driving experience there was horrible. Some of my Indian coworkers would compare Boston’s traffic with India’s traffic while others coworkers who have visited New York would say New York is more like India. So just how crazy are New York City’s drivers?
Wow! The trends per borough seem all over the place — Manhattan and Queens have seen some decreases in fatalities, but Brooklyn has been stagnant at 67 for the 3 years, Staten Island has actually been increasing, and the Bronx has somewhat of an erratic trend. This chart seems to indicate that there are limited resources in the Vision Zero program and certain areas are getting more benefits while others are having a blind eye turned on them. Since this program is still young, this may be useful in guiding the decisions for reallocating resources to certain areas.
Conclusion and Next Steps
Although vehicular collisions have been increasing over the past couple of years, the number of fatalities has been decreasing. If we look at the mission statement for Vision Zero, then in that regard the program is currently working. However, it appears that only certain areas have benefitted from the Vision Zero and more work and resources need to be allocated to address some problem areas. Since this is an actively updating data set, I would definitely be interested to see if future data points continues this trend of certain boroughs benefitting more. I would also want to see if the areas that are being neglected are correlated to areas which are poor and have bad infrastructure. Finally, I would want to create a KPI report/dashboard comparing NYC’s implementation of Vision Zero vs. other cities implementing a Vision Zero program. Using that, I would want to see if New York’s stats are normal for metropolitan areas.