We need to protect our bicycle-riding population
BY SCHNEPS STAFF
With the number of cyclists killed
in New York City on the rise in 2019,
it’s clear something must be done to
prevent further tragedy.
Bronx and city streets are proving
to be treacherous for cyclists. There
have already been ten cyclist fatalities
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 fourday
span last week.
Activists have laid blame on city
offi cials for the lack of dedicated bike
lanes throughout much of that portion
of the city, where fi ve of the fatalities
In addition to the fatalities, Vision
Zero data reveals that there have been
993 cyclist injuries across the fi ve boroughs
this year, as of April 30.
Our news organization obtained
video from the victim of a hit-andrun
incident in Clinton Hill last week
where a driver struck a cyclist and fl ed
We published the video and sent
the clip to the NYPD’s 88th Precinct in
Brooklyn, which reopened the investigation.
We urge victims of similar incidents
to share their stories with their
local newspapers and media outlets.
Let us tell your 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 constituents.
The City Council is hoping to improve
road safety with its ‘Vision
Zero Streets Design Standard’ bill,
which would formalize a set of safety
measures for the NYC Department
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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
That street in Clinton Hill where
the biker was struck did not have a
dedicated bike lane. The 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 offer an explicit lane and keep
cyclists at risk of being struck, but perhaps
one may have prevented the cyclist
from being struck in Clinton Hill.
Council Speaker Corey Johnson recently
announced a Thursday, May 30
deadline to vote on the measure.
Locally in Throggs Neck and across
the Bronx, ghost bicycles for cyclists
that were killed while riding are far
too common. The safety of cyclists is
quite relevant to the safety of pedestrians
As the Bronx grows, providing the
proper safety to its residents must
be made a priority to the city by any
Especially in areas like Starlight
Park, where the Sheridan Expressway
is literally being deconstructed to create
parkland and bicycle trails much
more accessible to the borough.
Bike lanes may not be the perfect
solution, but they will help keep cyclists
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 them.
Accident car crash with bicycle on road ,nighttime. Getty Images
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