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Traffic Deaths Are Down In The City, But Safety Plan Draws Criticisms

Vision Zero, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's ambitious plan to end all traffic deaths, has already improved safety, but not everybody is happy.


FiveThirtyEight takes a look at how speed limits are set, and wonders whether a better system of setting speed limits and shepherding traffic safety could lead to fewer road deaths.


Recently elected New York City mayor Bill de Blasio inaugurated his "Vision Zero" plan last year to reduce traffic deaths in The Big Apple to zero by 2024. The numbers for 2014 show the initiative is headed in the right direction: pedestrian deaths dropped to an all-time low of 132, down from 179 in 2013.


The streets of New York City are getting a Scandinavian makeover to be safer for pedestrians. Mayor Bill De Blasio has taken inspiration from Sweden's Vision Zero law, which has as it's goal the eradication of roadway deaths. He is bringing many of its concepts to the Big Apple.


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.

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