NYC neighborhoods and streets to become safer

Making a city safer for pedestrians and residents is usually a good indicator that the region is on a good track toward improving its livability. As city officials go out of their way to improve services, security and cleanliness, many inhabitants can see their lives significantly improving.

One of the best ways for a city to do this is to make the streets safer and take steps to decrease and traffic-related injuries or mishaps. Those who purchase one of the homes for sale in New York, NY and value quieter, less dangerous roads are in luck - the city has announced an expansion of their program to improve residential streets, according to The New York Times.

New York City's mayor, Michael Bloomberg, said the laws have already lowered traffic fatalities to the lowest rates recorded since the days of horse-drawn carriages. The recently approved expansion will likely further assist in the city's quest to make the streets safer for residents, tourists and pedestrians.

"2011 was the best year for traffic safety in New York City in more than a hundred years," Bloomberg said at a press conference, according to Capital New York, befored adding that the recent expansion is the Big Apple's latest tool in its "assault on the number one traffic killer - speeding."

With this initiative, Bloomberg is clearly placing a heavy emphasis on the safety, comfort and convenience of his constituents. There were 38 percent fewer traffic deaths and almost 30,000 fewer injuries in the city in 2011 than in 2001, according to city statistics.

For those who own real estate in New York, NY, this is good news. Slower, more cautious drivers improves the quality of life for residents and reduces the strain on hospitals.

Another advantage of more strictly enforced speeding laws is the help it provides to cyclists. In recent years, the introduction of slow zones has facilitated the construction of bike lanes, including in heavily trafficked areas such as Times Square, according to Capital New York.

It's not only cyclists and pedestrians who are expected to benefit from the city's vigilant monitoring of vehicular speed, however. Neighborhoods and residential streets are expected to get quieter and public transportation may also profit from more attentive and wary drivers.