Pedestrians and traffic 1300 York Ave., a research center for Cornell Medical College. New York City saw its pedestrian fatalities fall to 101 last year, the lowest since record keeping began in 1910, according to the city. (Photo: Daniel Barry/Bloomberg News)

(Bloomberg) – The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is calling for a three-pronged approach to combat pedestrian fatalities, which have ballooned in the last decade.

The board on Tuesday recommended safety improvements to vehicles — such as improved headlights and braking systems — and to local infrastructure. It also said better data-collection measures are needed to address the rising number of deaths, which surged 46% from 2009 to 2016, the last full year of available data. The total, 5,987, was the most since 1990.

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