Williamsburg’s Broadway Is A Hotbed of Traffic Deaths

Broadway is a death trap

This won’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who’s spent any time walking under this dingy stretch of the JMZ line, with its odd-angled intersections and poor visibility, but here it is in the form of hard data: the part of Broadway that runs through Williamsburg is a bona fide death trap.

I  Quant NY crunched the numbers, and while Williamsburg had more traffic fatalities than any other neighborhood in 2013 (eight, all told), the vast majority of them happened along a specific stretch of Broadway. A couple of illustrative maps to give you an idea of where exactly this has been going down:

heat map

Images via I Quant NY

Other “hotbeds” include Queens Blvd. and Grand Concourse in the Bronx, and the site notes, “In 2013, 23% of our traffic deaths occurred in just 5% of our neighborhoods.  Addressing these problem-areas seems like a great first step, but Vision Zero cannot be as simple as fixing hot-beds.” Jokes about De Blasio’s jaywalking aside, we really do have a long road ahead of us when it comes to reducing traffic deaths around the city. Be careful everywhere, obviously, but maybe be especially careful next time you’re on Broadway.

Follow Virginia K. Smith on Twitter @vksmith.

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