NEW YORK CITY-Traffic fatalities in the city have fallen to the lowest level on record, dropping by nearly 63% since the bad old days of 1990, but the Bloomberg administration wants to accelerate the decline. Over the next several months, it plans to re-align about 60 miles of city streets and install pedestrian countdown signals at 1,500 intersections.

Both actions stem from a report from the city’s Department of Transportation released Monday by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other administration figures. Titled the Pedestrian Safety Study and Action Plan, the report also recommends implementing a pilot program to lower the speed limit from 30 to 20 mph in some neighborhoods, reconfiguring some 20 intersections along Manhattan’s major two-way streets and removing curbside parking spaces at all left-turn approaches on major Manhattan avenues that have high rates of left-turn pedestrian crashes. The report sets a target of reducing traffic fatalities to 137 per year by 2030, half the 2007 rate.

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