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New York announces $62m for pedestrian safety projects

New York’s governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the state is boosting its current investment in pedestrian safety to US$62m.

The announcement about funding for upgrades on both state and local roads is timed to coincide with an annual enforcement blitz and education campaign that begins this week.

The investment is part of the New York’s Pedestrian Safety Action Plan, a multi-agency initiative to use engineering, education and enforcement campaigns to enhance pedestrian safety across Upstate New York and on Long Island. More than US$22m is going toward the first batch of projects on state roads – which is already under way - and US$40m is now being invested to enhance pedestrian safety on local roads.

Cuomo said: “By making significant investments in our roads, educating the public, and cracking down on lawbreakers, New York is supporting eco-friendly transportation in our downtowns while enhancing pedestrian safety in all corners of the state."

In addition to the US$62m pedestrian safety investment, a police enforcement and education campaign focusing on correct motorist and pedestrian behavior will run from 15 June to 28 June. The campaign includes a new public service announcement See! Be Seen!, which highlights the rules of the road for both pedestrians and motorists at intersections.

The first round of pedestrian safety enhancement projects on state roads includes US$2.8m to improve safety at 180 locations in the Capital Region by next spring. So far, work has been completed at 62 sites, with an additional 77 scheduled for completion by the end of 2018. In the Mohawk Valley, a US$1.1m project began last fall to improve safety at 140 locations. Work at approximately 105 sites has been completed, with the remainder of locations scheduled for completion by next summer.

Local roads will receive funding 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 enhancements to signals.

Analysis of crash data included in the 2016 plan determined that an average of 300 pedestrians are killed and 15,000 injured by motor vehicles in New York State each year; more than 25% of motor-vehicle-related fatalities are pedestrians. Sixty-one percent of the contributing factors to these crashes were related to driver actions, including driver inattention and failure to yield right of way. The top two pedestrian actions that contributed to crashes were pedestrian error and pedestrian failure to yield right of way.

 

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This article was published on 13 Jun 2018 (last updated on 13 Jun 2018).

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