On day one, Mayor de Blasio committed to confront traffic fatalities through his Vision Zero initiative—and he has lived up to that pledge, reducing deaths and serious injuries on our streets.
At the same time, the Mayor is making investments to ease commutes, expand travel options, and keep New York a growing and vibrant global city.
Traffic and Vehicle Deaths Down
Mayor de Blasio introduced Vision Zero to reduce the epidemic of traffic deaths—and has successfully reduced fatalities by 23 percent since 2014, leading to the safest year for cyclists and pedestrians since 1910.
Lowered the Speed Limit
As part of Vision Zero, Mayor de Blasio reduced the default citywide speed limit to 25 miles per hour.
New Speed Cameras
Mayor de Blasio added speed-enforcement cameras in school zones and focused enforcement on speeding and failure-to-yield. Together with the City Council, the Mayor also increased penalties for dangerous driving.
Redesigned Dangerous Streets
The Mayor dramatically increased street redesigns for safety, redesigning over 170 corridors and intersections. Thanks to the Mayor’s $100 million Queens Boulevard redesign, the “Boulevard of Death” has not had a single fatality since 2014.
Mayor de Blasio launched the first citywide ferry service in a century, connecting communities from the Rockaways to Astoria for the price of a subway fare. A new fleet of fast, modern ferries are also being built—on time and on budget.
Mayor de Blasio made major sections of Central Park and Prospect Park permanently car-free for the first time in more than a century—helping make these parks safer and more accessible.
A Larger Safe Cycling Network
Under Mayor de Blasio, the Department of Transportation has added more than 150 miles to the city’s on-street bicycling network, including 36 miles of protected bike lanes.
Expanded Citi Bike
Mayor de Blasio put Citi Bike—now the nation’s largest bike share system—on solid footing and expanded Citi Bike into new neighborhoods. Citi Bike rides surged 40 percent last year alone, with nearly 14 million trips taken.
Fast and Accessible Bus Service
Mayor de Blasio presided over a major expansion of faster Select Bus Service across the city. The City now has 12 routes in place providing over 250,000 daily rides and will have installed 35 miles of new bus lanes by the end of the year.
Record Road Resurfacing
Under Mayor de Blasio’s leadership, the City has filled more than a million potholes and resurfaced a record 1,281 lane miles last year—the most in 25 years.
Mayor de Blasio introduced a new mobile payment system for on-street parking, allowing drivers to remotely pay for parking via smartphone.
Record MTA Support
The Mayor pledged a record $2.5 billion to the MTA’s 2015–2019 Capital Plan—the City’s largest-ever general capital contribution—to support new buses, subway cars, signal and station improvements, and more.
More School Crossing Guards
The Mayor invested in 100 school crossing guard supervisors and 200 school crossing guards, covering every school crossing post in the city.