Most New Yorkers are well aware of “Vision Zero”, the initiative Mayor DeBlasio adopted with the goal of ending traffic fatalities and severe injuries by 2024. According to a NPR Publication:
In 2014, then newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio — now a Democratic presidential candidate — made New York the first U.S. city to adopt Vision Zero. Since then, the number of pedestrian and motor vehicle deaths have steadily decreased. That hasn’t been true for cyclists, despite the construction of more than 300 miles of bike lanes.
Researchers say that in order to bring down the number of cycling deaths, cities need to have a complete network of bike lanes, with as many separated from cars as possible.
Building a new bike lane can take weeks or months, and the process can be delayed even further when communities resist these efforts.
This leaves many New York and New Jersey cyclists questioning what they can do in the meantime to prevent serious injuries and even fatalities while cycling through the five boroughs. We encourage all cyclists to learn the facts about cycling in New York City and to take all necessary safety precautions while cycling throughout New York.
Fast Facts provided by NPR:
- Over the past few years, the city has on average built 62 miles of bike lanes each year — the largest increase anywhere in the country. But, in a city with more than 6,000 miles of streets, fewer than 1 in 5 has a bike lane.
- With more people cycling than ever before, setbacks are leading to accidents. According to the NYDOT, the number of daily bike rides more than doubled between 2012 and 2017. Today, nearly half a million cycling trips are made every day.
- The city has been successful in passing several laws that protect cyclists — like lowering the speed limit to 25 mph in most areas and making it illegal to open your car door into a cyclist’s path — but violations often go unnoticed.
At Jacoby & Meyers cycling safety is important to us. We don’t just represent injured New Yorkers, we live and work here too. We share our city streets and we share your concerns about pedestrian and cycling safety. If you’ve been injured in a cycling crash contact us today, we have convenient office locations in the Bronx and Manhattan and will travel to you if that is your preference.