NYC Bicycle Accident Deaths On Pace For Grim Record
New York City sees highest bicyclist death toll in over a decade
There have been 11 bicyclists killed in New York City so far in 2023, according to the city Department of Transportation (DOT). It’s the highest death toll for that period in over a decade and puts the city on pace for a record high. DOT officials said it was too early to identify any trends.
“The cyclist fatalities this year have been heartbreaking,” said agency spokesman Vin Barone. “DOT works every day to curb traffic fatalities through Vision Zero, including building high-quality bike lanes; installing barriers along existing lanes; and developing new designs to support the growing use of micro-mobility.”
Advocates alarmed by the increase in fatalities
According to the city’s Vision Zero website, there are about 1,500 miles of dedicated cycling space in New York City, including 623 miles of protected bicycle lanes.
But bicycle safety advocates called on the city to do more.
“Mayor Adams and Department of Transportation Commissioner [Ydanis] Rodriguez must build physical infrastructure to protect people riding bikes, especially in areas the city knows to be dangerous, and meet the NYC Streets Plan requirement of 50 miles of protected bike lanes this year,” said Jacob DeCastro, spokesman of Transportation Alternatives.
Although monthly data on bicycle accident deaths has only been available since 2013, 1999 remains the deadliest year on record with 40 fatalities. In recent years, 2019 had the worst start with six deaths recorded through April 5. That year, there were a total of 28 bicyclist fatalities.
Injuries also see an increase
The deaths this year occurred in both residential and commercial areas. Accidents included:
- A 62-year-old bicyclist was struck and killed by a cement truck
- A Brooklyn mom was struck by a truck on an unprotected stretch of Ninth Street
- A bicyclist was struck by a reckless SUV driver on a quiet street in Staten Island
- A hit-and-run driver struck a delivery worker in The Bronx
- A 16-year-old was struck by a hit-and-run SUV driver in Queens
Injuries rose 18 percent among bicyclists year-to-date through April 2, according to data from the New York Police Department.
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