There’s been a lot of online and media commentary about kamikaze bike riders who run red lights and ride down the wrong side of New York streets since bike sharing has become all the rage.
But most New Yorkers realize it’s not the new bike sharers at fault so much as the steady rise in instant delivery take-out services, delivered by bike riders prepared to do anything to deliver that food fast, who are the culprits.
And in any case the figures show heaps more cars are involved in NYC street accidents than bike riders, so let up on the bike bashing people. But there have been several deaths recently on NYC streets and last year there were 15,832 car crashes and 5,912 bike crashes. That figure for bike crashes has probably risen for 2103 but there are no figures yet. So how do you look after yourself on NYC streets?
There’s road rules, crosswalks on roads, walk/don’t walk signs to help New York pedestrians but basically the BIG RULE is look after yourself because the only person whose actions you control are your own.
So even if you have right of way, if there’s a car bearing down fast, don’t step onto the street.
Prepare to cross streets if you can with a bunch of people who make up a much bigger visual signal to vehicles of all kinds than a single pedestrian.
There’s a great blog, Street Blog. When you go to it, click the NYC tab and you’ll pick up all the New York news. It will feed your need to know what’s happening on New York’s streets safety wise and it’s also very strong on keeping in touch with elected community reps on road safety issues, because just complaining doesn’t do the trick. If changes are needed they need to be made to happen. LIKE all New Yorkers being safe.