Cyclists Win Big Bike Lane Victory In New York
The study revealed that all but one of the 225 cyclist fatalities over the past decade occurred outside of marked bike lanes, and 97% of the fatalities occurred when riders weren't wearing helmets. Almost all the fatal accidents involved men, due in part to the preponderance of male riders willing to take their lives in their hands braving NY traffic. The research bolstered the empirical evidence that bike lanes provide an additional measure of safety, and the vast expansion of bike lanes reflects the woeful lack of safe passage for cyclists on the busiest streets in America.
The tragedy is in the 225 lives that were lost before the city was provoked to act on an obvious transportation crisis, which advocacy groups led by Transportation Alternatives have been railing against for years. New York Cyclist will not sell a bicycle to a customer unless they already have or agree to purchase a helmet to go with it. Helmets are no longer an optional accessory for two-wheeled commuting in New York City!