Report: City’s streets deadly for pedestrians

Pedestrian deaths in New York City are the highest in the state, according to a report released Tuesday.

In the New York metropolitan area, pedestrians were involved in 31 percent of all traffic deaths, topping the next highest region, Buffalo, where pedestrians made up 19 percent of all fatalities.  
Brooklyn led the way, with 515 total pedestrian fatalities from 2000 to 2009. Not far behind was Manhattan, with 399, and Queens, with 376.

“It’s time to bring those numbers down to zero,” said Michael Murphy at Transportation Alternatives.

Statewide, one in five traffic deaths is a pedestrian, according to Transportation for America, which issued the report.

Minorities and seniors were most likely to be killed while walking, the group found. From 2000 to 2007, 2.34 Hispanics and 1.69 African-Americans out of every 100,000 people were killed while walking, compared to 1.4 non-Hispanic whites.

Ya-Ting Liu at the Tri-State Transportation Campaign said minorities are more at risk to be hit because they are more likely to be dependent on walking as a mode of transportation.

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