Summary of Proposed City Actions

The Vision Zero Action Plan is only a beginning for Vision Zero in New York. It defines the initial steps that the City Police (NYPD) and Transportation Departments (DOT), Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC), the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and other agencies will take. These initiatives will be continually analyzed for their effectiveness. Other innovations will be sought and added.

City Hall

  • Establish a permanent Vision Zero task force in the Mayor’s Office of Operations
  • Launch a Vision Zero website to gather input from New Yorkers and coordinate information about the City’s Vision Zero plans, upcoming events and provide data
  • Conduct Vision Zero presentations across the city
  • Publish crash and safety data on a regular basis in user-friendly format(s)
  • Partner with industry groups and vehicle manufacturers to educate fleet drivers and explore design changes to their automotive fleets
  • Lead a state legislative campaign to give the City the power over the placement of speed and red-light cameras, the power to reduce the citywide speed limit to 25mph, and to increase the penalties associated with dangerous driver behavior.

Police Department

  • Increase enforcement against dangerous moving violations, including speeding, failing to yield to pedestrians, signal violations, improper turns/disobeying signage, and phoning/texting while driving
  • Increase speeding enforcement at the precinct level
  • Purchase advanced speed detection equipment (LIDAR guns), upgrade speed detection technology available to precincts and train additional personnel
  • Increase the Highway Unit to 263 personnel
  • Expand Collision Investigation Squad cases to encompass all crashes with critical injuries
  • Modify precinct-level traffic plans to increase focus on pedestrian safety
  • Update technology for capturing crash data
  • Enhance training for officers to better record and preserve crash details and site evidence
  • Broaden recruiting efforts for School Crossing Guards

Police Department + Department of Transportation

  • Conduct intensive street-level outreach and enforcement on safety problems and traffic laws, focused in areas with known crash histories
  • Convene monthly meetings of DOT Traffic Division and NYPD Transportation Bureau to review traffic safety performance and set strategy for improvement
  • Develop data-driven citywide enforcement strategy
  • Develop borough-wide safety plans in close coordination with community boards, community organizations, and the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit
  • Conduct targeted outreach in 500 schools each year, educating students about protecting themselves as safe pedestrians and working with their families for safer school zones

Department of Transportation

  • Implement safety engineering improvements at 50 intersections and corridors
  • Create 25 new arterial slow zones
  • Implement eight new neighborhood slow zones
  • Install speed cameras at 20 new authorized locations
  • Install 250 speed bumps, including in neighborhood slow zones
  • Enhance street lighting at 1,000 intersections
  • Enhance maintenance of street markings
  • Install traffic signals where needed for speed control via coordinated arterial signal time
  • Additional street reconstruction safety projects
  • Survey national and international best practices to expand potential strategies
  • Hold workshops for major street design projects
  • Undertake a high-quality ad campaign aimed at reducing speeding, failure-to-yield and other forms of reckless driving
  • Increase extent of “Choices” anti-DWI campaign
  • Double number of programmable speed boards for intensive education/enforcement initiative
  • Make effective, age-appropriate safety curriculum available to schools throughout the city
  • Partner with senior centers to increase communication and get specific feedback from aging New Yorkers about street safety improvements
  • Increase the number and visibility of hands-on safety demonstrations
  • Add safety flyers and messaging in DOT mailings such as Alternate Side Parking regulations and construction permits

Department of Transportation + Taxi & Limousine Commission

  • Issue summonses to TLC drivers identified by red light cameras (in addition to summonses currently issued to vehicle owners)
  • Update taxi school to account for new streetscape features and alert drivers to higher-crash street types

Taxi & Limousine Commission

  • Create TLC safety enforcement squad, equipped with speed radar equipment, to enforce speed and safety regulations
  • Pilot program to place black box data recorders in TLC-licensed vehicles
  • Implement more comprehensive, taxi-specific, driving curriculum for initial licensees
  • Pursue requirement of additional behind-the-wheel driving instruction for drivers involved in frequent crashes, and continued driver safety education
  • Pilot technology that alerts passengers and drivers that they are traveling over the speed limit
  • Explore in-car technology that limits vehicle speed, warns drivers of impending collisions or that reduces the fare when the driver speeds
  • Introduce street safety PSAs on Taxi TV
  • Use driver information monitors to send safety reminders to taxi drivers
  • Add safety flyers and messaging in TLC mailings to drivers
  • Include left turn reminder stickers in TLC-licensed vehicles
  • Create publicly accessible Honor Roll of safe TLC drivers
  • Enhance enforcement against drivers offering for-hire service without TLC licenses
  • Explore vehicle design requirements to improve safety

Department of Citywide Administrative Services

  • Ensure all City fleet vehicles are equipped with technology that record speeding and other dangerous driving behaviors, by the end of 2014
  • Upgrade the collision tracking system for the citywide fleet through the new NYC Fleet Focus fleet system
  • Oversee a citywide expansion of Defensive Driver training courses for all employees driving City vehicles
  • Recommend safety related devices and designs, such as high visibility vehicles, back-up cameras, and rear wheel side guards, for City vehicles and other vehicles under City regulation

Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

  • Conduct public health surveillance on traffic-related hospitalizations and fatalities
  • Provide Vision Zero task force with public health data to help target traffic safety interventions
  • Include traffic fatalities and injuries and prevention messages in public health reports
  • Engage community public health partners in promoting Vision Zero goals
  • Promote research on walking, driving, motorcycling, and bicycling behaviors and patterns in the city