Vehicle Size Matters for Pedestrians

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An adult is 2-3 times more likely to be killed when struck by an SUV than by a typical passenger car. Children have a 4x fatality risk when hit by an SUV than a passenger car. 
The increased sales of SUVs and small trucks which overrun our streets helps to explain the massive uptick in pedestrian deaths over the past couple of years - not pedestrian distraction.

Data and honest safety experts have verified that long-standing common factors in pedestrian deaths, such as alcohol and jaywalking at night, did not account for the recent growth in ped fatalities. The myth of distracted pedestrians is lazy and dangerous. 

 

"SUVs and pickups account for closer to 40 % of pedestrian fatalities, which suggests that more severe injuries sustained in crashes are also from these vehicles. According to a recent study, a pedestrian is 2-3 times more likely to suffer a fatality when struck by an SUV or pickup truck than when struck by a typical passenger car.  The fatality rate for small children is four times greater.

 

If you're wondering why SUVs, pickup trucks and small trucks are so deady - it's the point of impact being the chest, which will knock you down, versus the leg where you may be more likely to land on the hood. 

 
 
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The perils of pedestrianism on Long Island, which seems to be SUV-land, is two-fold: dangerously designed suburban streets and highways + obsession with owning SUVs and smaller trucks. Engineers dropped the ball throughout Long Island, designing wide streets to accommodate painting 14'+ width lanes and intersections so wide that a driver need not remove their foot from the pedal. Residential streets mimic highways, incentivizing speed. 

 

 

PSAP funding for local roads announced

This is an update to our April announcement "$12 million awarded for NY P-SAP local call"

Governor  Cuomo announced $62 million in funding as part of the  governor's five-year $110 million New York State Pedestrian Safety Action Plan, which calls for a systemic approach to proactively address safety issues and minimize the potential for crashes through engineering, enforcement and education.  More than $22 million went towards pedestrian safety projects on state roads, which are currently underway, while $40 million is being invested to enhance pedestrian safety on local roadways.  Funding is being provided for cost-effective upgrades that greatly improve safety for pedestrians. Upgrades could include the installation of high visibility crosswalk markings and additional signs, as well as signalization enhancements.


A total of $12.78 million has been allotted  on Long Island, including:

  • $2.78 million to Suffolk County for locations in the towns of Huntington, Islip, Brookhaven, Smithtown and Babylon, for Phase 1 of Suffolk County’s Pedestrian Signal Safety Improvement project

  • $4.13 million to Suffolk County for locations in the towns of Huntington, Islip, Brookhaven, Smithtown, Riverhead and Southampton, for Phase 2 of Suffolk County’s Pedestrian Signal Safety Improvement project

  • $330,000 to Nassau County for a project in the village of Great Neck Plaza in the town of North Hempstead for curb extensions at the intersection of South Middle Neck Road and Barstown Road

  • $4.22 million to Nassau county for locations in the towns of Hempstead, Oyster Bay and North Hempstead, the village of Freeport in the town of Hempstead, and the city of Glen Cove, for safety improvements at uncontrolled crosswalks

  • $1.32 million to the town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County

Long Island Streets has been working with Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (PSAP) educational materials and engaging with the Governors Traffic Safety Committee on best practices for bringing the messaging down to and throughout Long Island. In addition, we have engaged with NYSDOT Region 10 and several municipalities on the funding applications to make certain we squeezed the maximum amount of local funding available. Long Island Streets is the only not-for-profit covering Nassau County and Suffolk County actively engaging with local, state and regional agencies on PSAP.

City Rankings: The Best 480 US Cities to Bike

People For Bikes rates 480 US cities to determine the best places for bikes. The rankings are based on several factors including ridership, safety, network, reach and acceleration, and uses a variety of data sources. City Rankings is the first system of its kind in the U.S., fully transparent and data driven, making it easy for any community to see how it's doing well and how it can improve.

How to get your community ranked:

Community Survey

  • Share the community survey widely to help us collect information about biking in your city.. Find out when the next Community Survey is active here.

Update OpenStreetMap

  • The Bicycle Network Analysis uses an open-source mapping tool called OpenStreetMap The BNA is more accurate when the bike infrastructure, local destinations and speed limits are up-to-date and accurate in OpenStreetMap. Instructions for updating OSM data can be found here.

Complete the annual City Snapshot

  • The City Snapshot must be completed by a city employee or official. Instructions and a timetable for submission can be found here.

We have signed up to get notification for when the next round of City Rankings will happen, and will encourage Long Island municipalities to participate. 

 

 

 

LI Schools Participating In Bike to School Events

Five Elementary School on Long Island are registered with the National Safe Routes to School list of participants for the 2018 Bike to School Day, May 9, 2018.

To learn how to participate in Bike to School Day, check out Walk & Bike to School's website, a program coordinated by The National Center for Safe Routes to School.

The schools are:

ACADEMY STREET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
BAYPORT, NY

ALLEGHANY AVENUE SCHOOL
LINDENHURST, NY
 

CHERRY AVENUE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
WEST SAYVILLE, NY
 

OQUENOCK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
WEST ISLIP, NY
 

SEA CLIFF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
SEA CLIFF, NY

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$12 million awarded for NY P-SAP local call

Long Island is receiving $12 million in federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds for systemic pedestrian safety projects on local and county roads and streets. This is being administered by the NYSDOT in coordination with NYMTC following a local call for pedestrian safety projects included in the Statewide Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (PSAP).

There were five applications received, three in Nassau and two in Suffolk. This 100% reimbursed HSIP opportunity had just closed the application date a month ago - this quick pick of grantee's indicate how efficient, focused and dedicated those tasked with implementing the PSAP are to addressing the epidemic of pedestrian fatalities and injuries statewide. This is just one sliver of the puzzle that seems to be making some progress. 

We were updated on PSAP progress last month while attending Walk-Bike New York (click pic for recap). State roads have completed updates, now local roads will start - we will post specific projects after municipalities get their opportunity to announce. The educational component of PSAP has already begun. 

 

Background on the Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (P-SAP), announced June 2016:

The New York State Departments of Transportation and Department of Health teamed up with the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) on a first-of-its-kind pedestrian safety campaign in New York State. It provides a $110 million, five-year commitment to improving pedestrian safety across Upstate New York and Long Island by utilizing the Three E's - Engineering, Enforcement, and Education.

For more information, visit New York State's pedestrian safety web site at https://www.ny.gov/programs/pedestrian-safety-action-plan

 

Support Speed Safety Cameras in NYC for ALL New Yorkers

Speed safety cameras save lives, including the thousands of Long Islanders who work and play on city streets. Long Island Streets was on the steps of City Hall, rallying for the expansion of speed safety cameras (S. 6046 / A.7798) at NYC schools with Families for Safe Streets, Transportation Alternatives, dozens of tireless advocates, public officials including Mayor de Blasio, NYS Senator's Golden, Peralto & Hoylman, NYS Assembly members De La Rosa, Gottfried & Simon, City Council members Ydanis Rodriguez & Van Bramer, DOT Commish Polly Trottenberg and a cluster of other allies in government. 

Cameras have proven to REDUCE SPEEDING by 67% YET 85% of traffic injuries and fatalities happen at places and times where the state won't allow speed cameras. That is ABSURD.

There were several children speaking on behalf of their siblings and classmates lost, tragedies that could have been prevented with speed safety cameras. No child should have to stand up on the steps of City Hall and beg for traffic devices proven to work so they don't have to lose anymore playmates. Expanding speed safety cameras in NYC school zones is not just for children. AARPNY was on hand with a message on behalf of seniors in New York: seniors make up 17% of New Yorkers and over 40% of traffic fatalities, speed safety cameras in school zones can prevent many senior fatalities & injuries.

 To learn more about the bills (S. 6046 / A.7798) that need to be passed this session, click here:  

To read the June 2017 NYC DOT report on speed camera zones thus far, click here.