Even then, Queens Boulevard was known as the “Boulevard of Death” and I would take special care in crossing with my often overflowing laundry cart.
In the next few days, we’ll also update our community district and council district pages to start tracking and aggregating not only traffic fatalities, but accidents, crimes, 311 complaints and other neighborhood indicators as our contribution to the effort.
* The data is courtesy of CrashMapper’s awesome datascrape of NYPD’s Motor Vehicle Collision Reports (still published as PDF/XLS though – 2-star Open Data). Crashmapper was focused on injuries, not fatalities, so we decided to create our Vision Zero interpretation and link it to our NYCpedia knowledgebase for additional context. If you want to help liberate more data trapped in PDFs, join us this weekend at the PDF Liberation Hackathon.
** NYC has more #opendata than any other city in the US, what with its landmark Municipal Open Data Law. That’s one reason why an urban informatics startup like ours is based in the Big Apple.
Hopefully, the #opendata floodgates will be opened up a tad more so we don’t have to scrape data. Towards this goal, BetaNYC created a petition to advocate for #VisionZeroData. Join us and sign the petition.
And as we advocate for more data-driven civic engagement, join us in BetaNYC’s #BeyondTransparency series for the next month and a half and let us know what #opendata you need!