With streets crowded with cars and buses, it should not be surprising that some of the deadliest and most-dangerous intersections in New York City are found in the borough of Queens.
Localize.city—a website that provides information on any address in the five boroughs—analyzed thousands of datasets to figure out the places across New York City where pedestrians and cyclists were in the most danger. The study found five places in Queens where people should pay attention.
Intersections in Corona, Jamaica, Jackson Heights, Ridgewood and Flushing were among the city’s worst. The study found that the intersections had a three-times–higher rate of injury or death for pedestrians and cyclists than other intersections across the city. Additionally, it was discovered that crashes occurred most often near elevated tracks or bridges and their approaches.
“This may give you a truer sense of how safe it is to cross a given street than just using raw numbers alone,” said Localize.city urban planner Andrew Lassiter.
The most-dangerous intersections from Jan. 1, 2013, to Jan. 1, 2018, were the following:
General boundaries between 35th and Roosevelt avenues, from 94th to 108th streets
Cyclists injured: 332
Pedestrians injured: 455
General boundaries between 37th Avenue and Broadway, from 76th Street to 84th Street/Whitney Avenue
Cyclists injured: 240
Pedestrians injured: 499
General boundaries between College Point Avenue and Parsons Boulevard, from 37th to Franklin avenues
Cyclists injured: 91
Pedestrians injured: 571
General boundaries between Woodward and Myrtle avenues, from Grove Street to Forest Avenue
Cyclists injured: 98
Pedestrians injured: 237
General boundaries between 89th and 90th avenues, from 164th Street to 168th Place
Cyclists injured: 46
Pedestrians injured: 351
The study also ranked three sites in Brooklyn, one in the Bronx, one in Manhattan and two in Staten Island.
“We know how to prevent death and serious injury on our streets, and with this study, we also have a better understanding of where the city should target investments in safer street redesigns,” said Paul Steely White, the executive director of Transportation Alternatives. “Traffic deaths are falling in New York thanks to the city’s data-driven approach to street safety. Thanks to this critical research, we can further reduce the threat to pedestrians and bicyclists at the intersections where help is needed most.”