DOT to unveil new pedestrian safety plans following Vision Zero initiative

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UPPER WEST SIDE (PIX11)– Fifty-two people have been hurt on West End Avenue in just two years.

These numbers comes as the Department of Transportation prepares to unveil new safety plans for the street Thursday evening at a town hall meeting.

Since July of 2014 there were 50 crashes and in two of those crashes were deadly.

It was earlier this month, a much loved 61-year-old woman was struck and killed here on West 95th Street while crossing with the walk light.

Six months ago, 9-year-old Cooper Stock was struck and killed on the avenue just two blocks north while also crossing with the walk sign—holding his fathers hand.

He was struck by a cabbie who allegedly just didn’t see him.

Because of Cooper and a flurry of these tragedies some say it spurred the Mayor’s Vision Zero Plan an aggressive plan to protect pedestrians in the city.

West End Avenue, stretching from West 60th Street to 107th Street some say has always been problematic and very dangerous.

The issues come some say from so many people coming off the West Side highway and speeding up from the 60s to the 90s on residential streets as a short cut.

Already changes have been made to the streets timing of the traffic lights have been changed restricted northbound turns on school days when kids are crossing. They added curb extensions to give pedestrian more space to cross, but a even a Department of Transportation spokesperson admits more needs to be done the accidents keep happening.

The Transportation Alternatives released a report card on Vision Zero and how the city did for the first 6-months of the year.

It shows the NYPD’s enforcement of speeding and failure to yield is up citywide, but behind in some precincts.

In Harlem, for example, saw an 80% increase in speeding tickets at the same time, the 109th Precinct in Flushing, Queens and in Hamilton Heights saw a huge decrease.

The number of pedestrians fatally struck was down 19% — from 87 last year to 70.

If you see dangerous intersections in your neighborhood, you can tell Mayor de Blasio directly by visiting the Vision Zero reporting site.

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