Unless you’ve lived long enough in a particular city or neighborhood, you wouldn’t know which particular areas are more prone to vehicular accidents, which means as a pedestrian or cyclist, you could be entering a dangerous intersection without realizing it, and to quote G.I. Joe, “knowing is half the battle,” which explains the reason why sites like CrashStat exists.
The site isn’t exactly new, but thanks to the Transportation Alternatives, an updated version of the website has been launched, providing a ton of new data regarding street safety, particularly in New York City. The information covers areas where pedestrians and cyclists are most at risk.
The upgrade brings about four years worth of geocoded data about traffic injuries and fatalities, such as statistics, along with a smoother interface. The data is sourced from the New York State Department of Transportation, which includes statistics such as number of crashes/fatalities dating all the way back to 1995. With the number of cyclists in New York City increasing, and if you’re an avid cyclist, perhaps CrashStat is a site worth checking out to help you plan a safer route.
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