Pedestrian safety improvement projects appear to have had a marked impact on safety in New York City, according to researchers. As part of a study, these researchers studied the number of crashes and pedestrian injuries at various intersections near schools around the area both before and after the introduction of things like speed bumps, marked crosswalks, and traffic signals and lights. A federal program made it possible to install these types of measures at the most at-risk schools. What researchers found was that child pedestrian injuries dropped by one third, and the drop was even more precipitous while school was in session: 44%. In those sections of the city that did not benefit from safety improvements, injury rates remained relatively stagnant.
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