NYC Cyclist Deaths on the Rise

On Wednesday, August 24th a cyclist was killed near his home in Queens. His death marked the 16th cycling fatality in 2016. The tragic events that occurred on Wednesday affirm what many cyclists have been saying for quite some time: not enough is being done to keep NYC cyclists safe.

As of Wednesday, the number of 2016 cycling deaths have already surpassed the total number of cycling deaths in 2015.

“Citing the grim milestone, the head of the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives said the mayor’s Vision Zero road-safety initiative isn’t accomplishing enough, or moving quickly enough.”- The Gothamist.

Advocacy groups are calling for the Mayor’s administration to make much-needed changes to city streets that are known danger zones, like Northern Boulevard. The same groups are asking the police to more aggressively target drivers who create dangerous conditions for cyclists and pedestrians, citing speed and failure to yield as major issues.

If you or a loved one her been hurt or killed in a cycling accident crash us today.

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