Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Midtown: Dangerous for Walkers?


For those who enjoy walking in the streets of Midtown New York, they might just have to reconsider their hobby.  According to a recent study, the streets of Midtown have been ranked as the city’s most dangerous.  Indeed, just looking at the figures for the last few decades, it is quite evident.  According to Transportation Alternatives, an advocate group, between 1995 to 2009, over 8,000 motor-vehicle accidents that involved pedestrians occurred in this neighborhood.

Manhattan:  Perilous for Pedestrians?

In general though, Manhattan seems to be somewhat of a perilous place for pedestrians.    Every single neighborhood in the area had at least 2,000 accidents that involved pedestrians during these years.  This is pretty crazy given the fact that in the Bronx neighborhoods, the figure was 788 and Staten Island, a mere 653.  Clearly therefore, Manhattan – and especially Midtown – is not the best place for walkers.

The other issue is financial.  According to Transportation Alternatives, the price for traffic incidents is more than $4billion a year on the city’s tab.



  1. Those numbers are really surprising, thank you very much for sharing.
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  2. Thank you very much for reminding people to be very careful every time.
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  3. I have to agree with Allen, if those numbers stay the same then the local government is not doing anything about it.
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  4. I think that the drivers in the area go to a required seminar so that they would remember the rules and regulation.
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  5. If you are a driver, you need to follow the rules and regulations being promulgated. This will avoid accidents that may cause serious injuries. On the other hand, it will also avoid possible big amount of claims of the victims.

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  6. You definitely need to be careful with were your going, you never know when an accident is about to happen. Thanks.
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  7. Having someone there to patrol during those hours should help lower the crime rate. Thank you very much.
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  8. Drivers should get proper professional training so that pedestrians won't feel scared to walk out side. This is also very important to avoid accidents.
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