New York has cut traffic deaths and increased footfall to local businesses by making over a dangerous Bronx neighbourhood. Once plagued by traffic violations and illegal drag races, East Crotona was re-designed with widened sidewalks, shorter crosswalks and expanded green space through consultation with local residents and businesses. The revitalised neighbourhood saw a 33% increase in pedestrians.
Results & Impact
After the 2012 construction, traffic-related injures in Crotona East fell by 45%. The neighbourhood also saw a 65% decrease in speeding
Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation, the New York City Department of Transportation, Crotona East and 49 local businesses
New York City authorities asked locals and business owners in Crotona East how they could make streets safer for pedestrians. After listening to their grievances in a series of community development board meetings, the Department of Transportation built shorter crosswalks, wider sidewalks, islands for boarding buses, and expanded green space. The New York City Department of Transportation funded the traffic reconfiguration
Crotona East, the Bronx, New York City
Cost & Value
A community-led partnership to redesign one of the most dangerous neighbourhoods for pedestrians in the Bronx has cut traffic-related injuries by 45%.
Prior to 2012, the New York borough’s Crotona East neighbourhood was plagued by speeding, traffic violations and illegal drag races. On one of its boulevards alone, there were an average of 1.8 injuries and 3.75 crashes monthly in 2011. The neighbourhood’s reputation as unsafe for pedestrians was driving customers away from local business, and the community felt ignored by the City of New York.
In 2009, the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco) began working with Crotona East residents and 49 local businesses to identify traffic concerns and rebuild the community as safe and business-friendly. The New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) worked with a WHEDco-led community development board to design and fund a traffic reconfiguration.
The newly revitalised neighbourhood features shorter crosswalks, widened sidewalks, islands for elderly people to board buses and expanded green space. Post-construction, Crotona East saw a 65% decrease in speeding and a 33% increase in pedestrians.
The traffic reconfiguration was achieved through a concerted effort from local residents and the public, non-profit and business sectors. WHEDco organised and recruited stakeholders for a community development board, where interested parties met bi-weekly to voice priorities and concerns.
Using feedback from the board, on-the-ground surveys and data analysis, the DOT came up with a streetscaping plan complete with new traffic and parking patterns. The department presented it to the board, which asked for several changes: more green space, easier access to bus platforms and more parallel parking space. The DOT complied, and began executing the plan in 2012.
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