Some of you know this already, but I’m a pretty big sucker for visual data sets, especially when the data sets are Google Maps mashups, like this one from Transportation Alternatives.

TA has updated their CrashStat map showing pedestrian and bicycle accidents in the New York City area from 1995 to 2005. That’s a whole decade’s worth of crash statistics all laid out on a map with larger circles indicating higher risk areas. Midtown seems to be the most dangerous place to walk or bike in all of NYC, but this is of course because there are more people, cars, and bicyclists in Midtown than any other area in NYC.

As a pedestrian or bicyclist in NYC, you should always be in your highest guard, but this map shows you where you definitely need to heighten your senses…OR RISK DEATH.

And so, now you know!