Comment 101969

By IRC22 (registered) | Posted June 03, 2014 at 10:14:01 in reply to Comment 101957

Good points. A study of traffic statistics in Hamilton from 1978-1994 concluded a child was 2.5 times more likely to be hit by a car on a one-way street. Of course, those numbers are useless without context. What percentage of the fatalities occurred on all major streets, and what portion of the road network do those streets represent? Do major two-way and one-way streets have the same density of pedestrian activity? Anybody can cherry pick a vague study that supports their view.

However, I also cited a very specific before/after analysis of Park Avenue Tunnel and 33rd Street. When the tunnel had two-way flow, the intersection was one of the most dangerous intersections in the city, averaging 12 pedestrian crashes per year. After the conversion to one-way, the pedestrian accidents dropped to zero, and total injury accidents dropped by 74%. NYC fully understands the safety benefits of one-way streets.

One-way streets are safer for pedestrians. Every before/after safety analysis that I've read on this topic would support that claim. I challenge you to find a before/after safety analysis that concludes two-way streets are actually safer for pedestrians.

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