A world without traffic fatalities sounds like a pretty nice future. New York's newly inaugurated mayor, Bill de Blasio, is aiming to make the Big Apple just such a place, following through on his ambitious "Vision Zero" plan to eliminate all fatalities to drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians on the city's streets within 10 years.

If that sounds like a tall order, it is. To help monitor the progress of the plan, Right of Way, an advocacy group, has established a website to track deaths in the four categories mentioned above, and to keep an eye on the progress of de Blasio's plan. Every time there's a death, RoW will tweet about it, as well, as part of an ongoing Twitter campaign.

"There will obviously be many competing interests for de Blasio's attention when he takes office, but with people of all ages being killed in traffic across the five boroughs nearly every single day, Vision Zero must remain a top priority," said Right of Way organizer Keegan Stephen in a statement, according to Gothamist.

De Blasio's plan rests on a number of factors, which are laid out on his campaign website. Improving on the 291 people killed in the past year will likely require the city to redesign intersections and narrow wider streets that "encourage reckless passing and speeding." Sidewalks and medians will be made wider as well, and an expansion of so-called "slow zones," where the speed limit sits at a mere 20 miles per hour, will be expanded. Naturally, the NYPD's traffic enforcement officers will also crack down on speeders even harder. Mobile traffic cameras will also play a larger role, with de Blasio claiming that a reduction in speeding comes with such monitoring.

What are your thoughts on these plans? Does completely eliminating traffic deaths in one of the world's largest cities even seem tenable in a 10-year timeframe, no matter how much is done to contain reckless driving and/or speeding? We want to hear from you in Comments.


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      Richie T
      • 11 Months Ago
      MAYBE, if you can stop idiots that are texting from walking into moving traffic, you might have a chance,
      Erick
      • 11 Months Ago
      Maybe he should try getting the pedestrians to stop looking at their electronic devices and watch where they are going.. I have delivered milk in NYC for years and you try to make a turn and the people don't look while crossing just assuming the driver will stop for them.. He wants to eliminate fatalities he needs separate signals for pedestrians and autos.
        Yost
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Erick
        Electronic devices are certainly part of the problem. Perhaps we should try to understand the full plan before charging this goal as a Liberal plot to destroy NY. (Not speaking to you Erick - but to some of our posters above.)
      audisp0rta4
      • 11 Months Ago
      The only thing he'll be able to accomplish with this mission is having the city under a massive reconstruction project for the next 10 years.
      Starbuck
      • 11 Months Ago
      Next priority item: Peace in the Middle East!!
      ranger5150
      • 11 Months Ago
      What??? He's not going to allow New Yorkers to play pedestrian polo anymore?
      Zoom
      • 11 Months Ago
      This should be our nationwide goal. We shouldn't tolerate even one death on our roads.
        Zoom
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Zoom
        This is nothing new btw: http://www.streetsblog.org/2011/06/08/advocates-ethical-standards-demand-zero-tolerance-for-traffic-deaths/
      NewTexian Brewery
      • 11 Months Ago
      Well... only way to do that is to remove ALL vehicles from traffic...
      Cool Disco Dan
      • 11 Months Ago
      This guy is a socialist lunatic.
        clquake
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Cool Disco Dan
        So, are you going to give us the pro traffic fatalities argument?
          NikG
          • 11 Months Ago
          @clquake
          Disco Dan writes like Sarah Palin talks.
          axiomatik
          • 11 Months Ago
          @clquake
          @Cool Disco Dan "you have to be incredibly intellectually dishonest to extrapolate that path of reasoning from my pointing out that the guy is what I said he was." "This guy is a socialist lunatic." Trying to eliminate traffic deaths has absolutely nothing to do with Socialism. People need to stop throwing the word "socialism" around like it is the boogeyman, and actually use the word appropriately. Otherwise, you just sound uneducated.
      David
      • 11 Months Ago
      Liberal Statists/Tyrants have been trying to take away our cars for years- no cars = no traffic fatalities. This might explain their desire to cram us all into major metropolitan areas in 300 square foot "apartments" (cells), wholly dependent on Big Government.
        NikG
        • 11 Months Ago
        @David
        You should totally do something about it. Run for office! hahahahaha.
        axiomatik
        • 11 Months Ago
        @David
        What a hilarious post. "desire to cram us all into major metropolitan areas in 300 square foot "apartments" (cells)" Umm, major cities have a lot of people because a lot of people want to live there. Why is New York filled with tiny, expensive apartments? Too many people want to live in New York, driving up the prices. It is the Supply & Demand Free Market Deity worshipped by so many that causes it, not the government.
        hokkaido76
        • 11 Months Ago
        @David
        What a troll worthy comment. LOL
      mustsvt
      • 11 Months Ago
      NYC is doomed with De Blasio as Mayor. His entire campaign was based on divisiveness, and pitting New Yorkers against themselves. He cannot wait to dismantle the policies that have brought NYC crime down to historic lows over the past quarter century. He will be worse than his mentor and idol David Dinkins. If people thought that Bloomberg wanted a liberal nanny state, they have not seen anything yet.
        Sir Duke
        • 11 Months Ago
        @mustsvt
        No, he merely turned the lights on. New York had been divided, started back in the Guiliani administration. Why is calling attention to a systemic problem being divisive? Not talking about a problem doesn't mean there is no problem. Someone has to put these people in check. The average person is basically priced out of the market. The complaint is not how expensive things are, its how depressed the salaries are. Mr. DiBlasio: Seriously though, there is nothing you can do about the stupid puta, yakking on her cell phone that pushes her infant's stroller out into oncoming traffic. How do you stop the clown that was fighting with his girlfriend on the cell phone and walks under the back wheel of an articulating bus 10 feet outside the cross-walk? I do agree that Queens Blvd. aka death highway and other dangerous roads and intersections should have been addressed decades ago. People have been needlessly dying on these roads in alarming numbers ever since Ed Koch was mayor.
      550PlusX5
      • 11 Months Ago
      Hey, De Blasio... How about making sure Biker Gang Punks don't beat up innocent motorists like Alex Lien carrying wife and baby... Especially if the biker gang punk happen to be also undercover cops for the NYPD???? I'm sure the bikers were just innocent do-good people on their way to church, right? (end sarcasm)...
      MDD
      • 11 Months Ago
      With this freak as mayor there won't be a NYC in 10 years.
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