In New York City, as many as 61 percent of students walk to school every day. Although traffic fatalities as a whole in New York City have decreased in the past ten years, pedestrian and cyclist fatalities are actually increasing – especially around school zones and other high-traffic areas.

Safer America, a consumer safety information organization, with up-to-date data from the NYPD, calculated all crashes that occurred near public schools and determine the most dangerous school zones for pedestrians & bicyclists in New York City.

The most dangerous school zone in New York City is located at the American Sign Language and English Secondary School. Located in Manhattan on 223 East 23 Street, the school zone tallied 79 total crashes, leading to 45 pedestrian injuries and 37 cyclist injuries –the highest number of cyclist injuries overall.

The study used collision data from the NYPD for the years of 2012 – July 2019. Only crashes that resulted in an injury or death in pedestrians or cyclists were included. Also data for each zone reflects only crashes that occurred between the hours of 6:00am and 10:00pm, as it matches the hours of New York City’s School Speed Camera program

Crashes in Brooklyn

Two high schools in the same address took the top two spots for the deadliest school zones in Brooklyn: Pacific High School and Brooklyn Frontiers High School, located in Boerum Hill, contained 61 and 55 total crashes, respectively.

Ranking third was Brooklyn Ascend Lower School, a K-4 school located at 1501 Pitkin Avenue in Brownsville – tallying 48 total crashes leading to 45 pedestrian injuries and 6 cyclist injuries. The quantity of pedestrian injuries in this school zone makes this the leading school zone in Brooklyn with regard to pedestrian injuries.

Click here to view map and zoom in to reveal each individual NYC public school. School zones are represented by semi-transparent white circles.

Use this searchable database to find the crash data for any school in New York City.


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