5 thoughts on “CityViews: Death Highlights Need for the Right Kind of Bike Lane

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  2. In NYC, the term “protected bike lane” contains an internal contradiction: https://nyc.streetsblog.org/2018/05/30/eighth-avenues-narrow-sidewalks-land-a-cyclist-in-the-hospital/ It’s a story about a cyclist attempting to use Manhattan’s 8th Av “protected bike lane”. A pedestrian assaulted the cyclist.

    Simply put: “protected bike lanes” might work in parts of the city with minimal motor vehicle traffic and few pedestrians — in other words, where bike lanes aren’t needed. Where there’s intense pedestrian activity, allocating more space for both people on foot and people riding bikes is essential. More space for people means less space for cars. In NYC, where substantially less than half the population owns cars, this shouldn’t be a heavy lift, or so you’d think….

  3. There’s a problem. For years, Queens Blvd was called the “Boulevard of Death” for the best of reasons; it was dangerous as hell. It averaged about one pedestrian or cyclist death a year. Now it is redesigned and massively safer. Last winter, three babies were killed at a long-known-to-be-dangerous intersection in Park Slope. Immediately after, safety improvements were made to the corner. Two years ago, a gent named Michael Schenkman was killed while cycling on Northern Blvd in the Bayside-Little Neck area; now there’s a protected bike lane there. Last sumer, two guys were hit on 43rd Ave in Sunnyside; one died. Today DOT is putting in protected bike lanes there. Now we have this young lady’s death on CPW. Do we New Yorkers, having fully realized what works, what it takes to make our streets safe, really require a human sacrifice on every street? Must people continue to die before we will simply spend a little money and do a little work to replace dangerous streets with safe ones? Enough, really, enough.

  4. At the same time that we discuss safety for bicyclists, we need to discuss safety for pedestrians. All too often bicyclists will disobey traffic lights and rules, ride through pedestrian crosswalks when pedestrians are crossing, ride against traffic, and on sidewalks in the City. Without public awareness and enforcement of these rules, we will not increase safety of bicyclists and pedestrians.

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