“The crash on the Manhattan Bridge calls attention to the immediate need for visionary leadership as well as difficult conversations about the purpose of the city’s precious bike lane real estate, food delivery worker equity and the role NYPD should play in enforcing existing rules.”
“To get the most out of its vital investments in protected bike lanes, the city should pull every lever at its disposal to increase access to personal and shared e-bikes.”
‘We can use this moment to position ourselves in ways that best serve New Yorkers—those who have stayed, those who will return, and the newcomers who will power New York’s next cycle of growth.’
‘Permanent Open Streets in New York City will improve our quality of life, while setting a world-class example. But our approach needs to start with justice.’
Driving, cycling and bus usage have all rebounded somewhat since the first two months of the pandemic, but subway and commuter rail ridership remain low.
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‘The next time you’re driving or otherwise find yourself on Bushwick Avenue or Broadway ask yourself, Do I feel safe? Are the streets safe for children and older adults? Would I encourage people to bike or use Citi Bike here?’
The neighborhood has been in the middle of a tug-of-war between some local leaders and citywide policy over how far to go to accomodate bikers.
Activists say 15 cyclists have been killed on the city’s streets so far this year, including three fatalities that took place in one week.