The de Blasio administration Friday hailed a milestone on its Vision Zero safe streets agenda — the city for the first time saw fewer than 100 street fatalities through June.
The city reported 93 deaths in the first half of the year, compared to 114 deaths in the same period last year — a record low since 1910, when statistics were first collected.
“No loss of life on our streets is acceptable, but under Vision Zero, we have seen continued and consistent progress, with traffic fatalities on the decline for three-and-a-half-years, strongly countering national trends,” Mayor de Blasio said in a statement.
While the streets were safer for pedestrians and motorists, cyclists were still at risk of death on the road.
Nine cyclists died in the first half of the year — a toll higher than the seven cyclists killed in the first half of 2013, the year before Vision Zero hit the streets, according to the city Department of Transportation.
Still, this year saw two fewer cyclist fatalities than the first half of 2016.