As the autumn season moves forward and winter is just around the corner, many people in New York still find ways to get outside to walk, run or ride their bicycles as long as weather permits. For some people, walking or riding a bike is a great way to commute to and from work. For people who utilize public transportation for the majority of their commute distance, they often still have to walk some portion of the way to and from a station or a stop. When daylight hours grow limited, this may put them at an increased risk of being hit by cars.
According to The Washington Post, the lack of daylight is one of the factors that seems to be associated with an increased number of pedestrian deaths across the United States. Records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have been released recently and the data indicates that while overall traffic fatalities are on the decline, fatalities involving pedestrians and bicyclists are growing.
The jump in pedestrian and cyclist deaths is more noted in cities and urban areas instead of rural zones. In 2018 alone, fatalities of people on foot or on bikes represented 20% of all motor vehicle accident deaths. Of those, 17% were pedestrians, an amount significantly higher than the 12% of all deaths that pedestrian fatalities represented just six years earlier.
When looking at all vehicular deaths last year, the number dropped by almost 2.5% over the previous year, 2017. Pedestrian deaths, in contrast, rose by almost 3.5% in the same period of time.