It is in a spirit of constructive criticism that I suggest that fatalities per road is not the best way to compare roads. Roads have different lengths, so it makes more sense to compare fatalities per mile. This is a little tricky, because it usually involves some fraction of a fatality, but it you can get past that in your mind you get a better measure of dangerousness. So here, ladies and gentlemen, are New York City's most dangerous stroads, measured on a per-mile basis:
|Stroad||Borough||Maximum width (feet)||2008-2010 fatalities||Length (miles)||Fatalities per mile|
|Brighton Beach Avenue||Brooklyn||95||6||1||6|
|Gun Hill Road||Bronx||100||5||3.5||1.43|
|Richmond Avenue||Staten Island||100||4||7||0.57|
I should point out that there may be others with at least one fatality per mile, but not listed by Tri-State because they were less than five miles long. Maybe someone at Tri-State can take a look and share that data.
The scariest ones are short stroads like Brighton Beach Avenue and the Bowery. With two bridge exits crossing it, I know exactly why the Bowery is the way it is. You can see on a similar map, CrashStat from Tri-State member organization Transportation Alternatives, that the part of the Bowery up by Gemma and the old CBGB's is not the really dangerous part. Every year, three or four people die for the convenience of Staten Islanders.
Crashes resulting in pedestrian or cyclist injury or fatality, 2007-2009, from CrashStat by Transportation Alternatives
But according CrashStat, the fatalities are pretty evenly spaced on Brighton Beach Avenue. Why six fatalities in three years?