The New York City Department of Transportation on Tuesday unveiled a new northbound median-to-median crosswalk at 96th Street and Broadway as part of an effort to reduce traffic fatalities.
Forty were killed this year, compared with 60 during the same period last year, and those injured by vehicles dropped by 8 percent.
Police and the city Department of Transportation on Wednesday announced a “slow zone” that will be implemented on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, in an effort to reduce speeding.
The first three months of 2014 have seen a 26 percent decline in fatalities and an 8 percent reduction in injuries compared with the first quarter of 2013.
Since announcing his “Vision Zero” initiative last month, Mayor Bill de Blasio said an interagency task force has worked to develop new strategies to make streets safer.
Officials said 274 people died in traffic-related deaths in 2012, up from 245 a year earlier and the most since 2008.
For the first time since 2007, the number of traffic-related fatalities in New York City has risen.