Safe Streets for Seniors

Seniors Pedestrian Focus Areas (large version)

Safe Streets for Seniors is a pedestrian safety initiative for older New Yorkers. The Safe Streets for Seniors program studies crash data, and then develops and implements mitigation measures to improve the safety of seniors and other pedestrians, as well as all road users in New York City.

Since launching the program in 2008, DOT has addressed senior pedestrian safety issues in 25 Senior Pedestrian Focus Areas (SPFAs) in the five boroughs. The SPFAs were selected based on the density of senior pedestrian (age 65+) crashes resulting in fatalities or severe injuries in a five-year period. Since the program began, annual senior pedestrian fatalities have decreased 10% citywide, from 58 senior fatalities in 2008 to 52 in 2015. Since 2009, 137 Street Improvement Projects (SIPs) have been implemented within the Senior Areas citywide. Of the total, 78 SIPs have at least one year of crash data available for analysis. Analyzed together, these 78 projects have produced an 11% decrease in total injuries, an 11% decrease in pedestrian crashes, and a 7% reduction in injury crashes.

In 2012-2013, DOT expanded the program to include 12 new areas. They were identified using a similar methodology as the original areas, but also involved new variables such as senior trip generators, concentrations of senior centers, and senior housing locations. DOT is evaluating pedestrian conditions in these neighborhoods from a senior's perspective and plans to make changes, such as extending pedestrian crossing times at crosswalks to accommodate slower walking speeds, constructing pedestrian safety islands, widening curbs and medians, narrowing roadways, and installing new stop controls and signals. Download a presentation about the program (pdf)

DOT receives ideas and feedback in these study areas via presentations and workshops at senior centers and community boards. We have also partnered with NYC Department for the Aging to coordinate outreach and share resources. This process is ongoing, please contact your local DOT Borough Commissioner if you have any questions.

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Safe Streets for Senior Focus Areas

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