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More Women are Dying While Cycling in Cities and Urban Environments

Among urban cycling infrastructure experts, conventional wisdom holds that when more women are biking, a city has built a successful cycling network. In too many American cities, though, a gruesome corollary to this rule is becoming apparent: When a city builds infrastructure that creates the illusion but not the reality of cycling safety, more women will die. Urban cycling has long been mostly a male activity. As Evan Friss writes in a new history of cycling in New York City, the bike messengers who helped define the city’s 1980s streets were virtually all men. Today’s food delivery cyclists are predominantly male....

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NYC Public Advocate Calls for Increased Safety Measures For Cyclists

The ever growing popularity of dashboard cameras shows just how dangerous it can be to bike in New York City. After taking a bike ride from Brooklyn and across the Brooklyn bridge Tuesday afternoon, New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams held a news conference aimed at raising awareness about the latest tragedy: Sunday’s horrific fatal collision in Brooklyn. It was the 19th cyclist death on city streets this year. "When I look at a problem, I always try to look at it from a position of privilege to less privilege," Williams said. "The fact of the matter is, on the road,...

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What Does the Future Hold for NYC’s Vision Zero Plan?

On Tuesday, July 9, more than 1,000 cyclists laid on the ground of Washington Square Park during a “die-in” to protest the dangerous conditions of riding a bicycle on New York City streets. Among the prone protestors, a smattering stood with signs reading names of the 15 cyclists killed in the first seven months of the year. The crowd was mostly quiet, except for a trumpet player and chant of each name. In the weeks since the die-in, there have been more, albeit smaller, vigils. One for Alex Cordero, a 17-year-old bicyclist struck and killed by a tow truck on Staten Island. Just a few...

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Police Across US to Crack Down on Impaired Driving Through Labor Day

About 30,000 police officers will be out on the roads around the country through the Labor Day weekend to crack down on impaired driving. It's an annual effort, but this year poses potential risks to immigrants who fear getting stopped and deported. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Wednesday it will run the high-visibility enforcement campaign during what is one of the deadliest times on U.S. roads. Similar efforts have taken place in previous years, but the heightened police presence this year may increase the fear of potential deportation among some immigrants, given the strict immigration policies pursued by the Trump administration. The...

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AAA Study: New Infotainment Systems Heightens Risk of Distracted Driving

Infotainment systems found in new cars can be a dangerous distraction for older drivers, according to a study by the American Automobile Association. AAA tested drivers as they tried to tune the radio or navigate with the new systems. "Our foundation for traffic safety concluded that senior drivers become distracted up to eight seconds longer than younger drivers while operating infotainment systems," says Lauren Paterno, of AAA Northeast. The automobile agency says taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds can double the risk of getting into an accident. AAA says it is encouraging car companies to simplify software menus and improve...

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18th NYC Cyclist to Die this Year

Another cyclist was killed on Monday while riding along a busy Brooklyn avenue. Em Samolewicz, 30, was cycling north on Third Avenue in Sunset Park, when she was struck and killed by the driver of a commercial tractor trailer heading in the same direction around 9 a.m., according to the police department. Samolewicz, of Brooklyn, was attempting to maneuver around an open door of a parked car near the intersection of 36th Street when she was hit, police said. She was taken to NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn, where she was pronounced dead. The 37-year-old driver of the truck remained at the scene and a police...

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NYC’s Expanded Speed Camera Program Takes Effect

On the same week as cyclists protested the recent uptick in rider deaths, city officials announced the beginning of the expanded speed camera program—which will significantly expand the number of speed cameras and their hours of operation. The city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) will announce the beginning of the speed camera program on Thursday morning, near P.S. 28 in the Bronx’s Mount Hope neighborhood, along East Tremont Avenue. The section is a Vision Zero Priority Corridor, in the top 10 percent of corridors in the borough for number of people killed or severely injured. Following years of advocacy, the state legislature passed several bills in the...

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NY Senate Approves New Limo Regulations

The New York state Senate passed a package of limousine regulations Thursday following deadly limo crashes in Schoharie and Long Island. Democratic state Senator Tim Kennedy of the Buffalo area’s 63rd district stood alongside the families of limo crash victims as he outlined the regulations at the capitol. “From requiring seatbelts in every vehicle carrying nine or more passengers, to mandating commercial driver’s licenses and drug and alcohol testing for drivers for for-hire vehicles...

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2 Young Girls Seriously Injured in Crash in New Dorp

Two young girls were injured in a crash in New Dorp, Staten Island Wednesday night. The girls, ages 8 and 10, were in a northbound Honda Accord when their vehicle was struck by a Dodge Charger, traveling in the same direction on Hylan Boulevard, just after 9:35 p.m. The 22-year-old driver of the Charger appears to have been attempting a right hand turn from the center lane onto Bryant Avenue. The vehicles collided, sending the Honda Accord, traveling in the right lane, into a utility pole. The 50-year-old driver of the Accord was not injured. He is a relative of the two girls, who...

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AMA Highlights May as Motorcycle Awareness Month

The American Motorcyclist Association is issuing a special appeal to motorists to be aware of motorcycles during May, which is Motorcycle Awareness Month and marks the return of motorcyclists to the roadways throughout the country. Drivers should double check their mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes, maintain a safe distance when following motorcycles and pay particular attention when making left turns across traffic. “Motorcycle Awareness Month also provides an excellent opportunity for us to educate the nonriding public about the safety issues that affect motorcyclists every time we leave our driveways,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “May typically is...

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