Pedestrians

Safe Streets for Seniors

2013 Safe Seniors Pedestrian Focus Area Map
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 37 Senior Pedestrian Focus Areas (SPFAs) in the five boroughs. The original 25 SPFAs were selected based on the density of senior pedestrian (age 65+) crashes resulting in fatalities or severe injuries in a five-year period. 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 evaluates pedestrian conditions in these neighborhoods from a senior's perspective and implements safety improvements, 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.

Since the program began, annual senior pedestrian fatalities have decreased 16% citywide, from an average of 65 senior fatalities per year between 1999 and 2007 to an average of 54 between 2008 and 2016. Since 2009, 165 Street Improvement Projects (SIPs) have been implemented within the SPFAs citywide. Of the total, 105 SIPs have at least two years of post-implementation crash data available for analysis. Analyzed together, these 105 projects have produced a 9% decrease in total injuries and a 7% reduction in injury crashes. 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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