Cyclist and cyclist advocates gathered in New York to raise awareness and to petition city leaders to do more to promote bicycling safety, according to the Wall Street Journal. The seventh annual memorial ride presented by the Street Memorial Project visited sites where fatal bicycle accidents occurred across downtown New York. While they stressed that efforts to improve safety have been effective in recent years in New York, there is always room for improvement.
“I think that they’re doing a better job,” says Ryan Kuonen, an organizer with Neighbors Allied for Good Growth. She believes speeding vehicles are biggest threat to cyclists in New York City. “Speeding, illegal turns, not paying attention, all that stuff…the difference between death and injury is speeding.”
Twenty-four cyclists were killed in New York in 2011. The Department of Transportation did not respond to requests for comment by the Wall Street Journal, but it did say that fatal bicycle accidents in New York declined by 72% between 2000 and 2010.
This is especially important, considering that numbers show that cycling has increased in New York every year since 2000, according to the Department of Transportation.
“I think that the dramatic increase in the last 10 years has changed the culture of traffic, and certainly I think that there’s an impact on drivers and how they view their role on the road,” Council Member Stevin Levin said to participants at the memorial walk.
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