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Make our streets safer for cyclists
With the number of cyclists killed in
New York City on the rise in 2019, it’s
clear something must be done to prevent
In recent years, the city’s Department
of Transportation has reconstructed and
reconfi gured roads — to the chagrin of
many drivers — in an eff ort to provide
bicyclists with some semblance of street
And yet, the body count keeps rising.
Th ere have been 10 cyclist fatalities citywide
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REACH: 29,710 people reached (as of 5/20/19)
so far in 2019 — the same number
the city saw in all of 2018, according to
Vision Zero data — eight of which have
occurred in Brooklyn, including three in
a four-day span last week.
Queens has seen its own share of deadly
incidents involving bicyclists. Back in
March, a Long Island City man was struck
by a car while traveling on a neighborhood
street with an incomplete bike lane.
In the weeks since the tragedy, the DOT
tweaked the timing of a nearby traffi c signal,
hoping to make things safer.
Last week, Th e Brooklyn Paper — one
of our sister publications — obtained
video from the victim of a hit-and-run
incident in Brooklyn where a driver
struck a cyclist from Elmhurst and fl ed
the scene. Th ey published the video and
sent the clip to the NYPD’s 88th Precinct,
which reopened the investigation.
We urge victims of similar incidents to
share their stories with their local newspapers
stories so we can help spread the word
and help prevent further tragedy. Every
publicized incident will put pressure on
local lawmakers to protect their cycling
Th e City Council is hoping to improve
road safety with its “Vision Zero Streets
Design Standard” bill, which would formalize
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Department of Transportation to consider
when renovating city streets. Proponents of
the bill believe it would encourage construction
of bike lanes and other traffi c calming
measures in car-dense neighborhoods.
Th e street in Clinton Hill where the
biker was struck did not have a dedicated
bike lane. Th e city had removed “sharrows,”
shared lane markings which indicate
that while there’s no dedicated bike
lane on the street, drivers and bicyclists
have to share the space.
Sharrows aren’t perfect — they do not
off er an explicit lane and keep cyclists at
risk of being struck — but one may have
prevented the cyclist from being struck in
Bike lanes may not be the perfect solution,
but they will help keep cyclists alive.
If drivers can stay out of bike lanes, and
cyclists can stay out of the road, then there
shouldn’t be any fatalities. Accidents happen,
but we need to do our part to prevent