NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – City officials outlined a new pedestrian safety plan for the Bronx Wednesday as the de Blasio administration marks the one year anniversary of the Vision Zero program with a five-borough tour.

The officials crunched the numbers and heard from residents at Town Hall meetings, WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reported.

City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said 27 pedestrians die each year in the Bronx from traffic crashes.

“You have a legacy here in the Bronx of a lot of big, wide, arterial highways like the Grand Concourse, where you also have a lot of pedestrians and that’s often a pretty dangerous combination,” she said.

Deputy Commissioner Ryan Russo said an alarming number happen between midnight and 6 a.m.

“In the city it’s one out of every five pedestrian fatalities occur during that time and in the Bronx, it’s almost one out of three,” Russo said.

The officials found that speeding and failing to yield were the biggest problems.

Their plan includes lengthening pedestrian crossing times and installing additional lights under elevated train tracks.


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