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Mapping New York’s Traffic Crashes

From: The AtlanticCities.com  by Sarah Goodyear   Feb 27, 2014

2013 bike crashes that resulted in injuries reported to the police.
2013 bike crashes that resulted in injuries reported to the police.

 

The New York Police Department doesn’t make it easy to crunch the city’s traffic fatality and injury numbers, releasing the data in a PDF format that’s difficult for developers to use. A group called betaNYC has been pushing the cops to make their data machine-readable, and new mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan might help their case.

In the meantime, it’s up to some hard-working data nerds to liberate the information locked inside the files. One civic-minded hacker named John Krauss has been scraping the data from the monthly PDF releases and making it available to anyone on the NYPD Crash Data Band-Aid. Krauss runs a site called NYC Crashmapper, where you can play around with a map that displays crashes by date, what type of user was involved, and severity of crash.  Click here to continue.