Bicycle Safety Improves on East Side for Five Years in a Row
Bike Safety Education, Equipment & Enforcement Program Led by
Council Members Kallos and Powers Gets Results
New York, NY — Following an expansion of the Upper East Side’s safe streets network, coupled an increase in education, safety equipment, and enforcement, bike safety from 30th to 97th streets on Manhattan’s East Side continues to improve as a result of a program led by Council Members Ben Kallos and Keith Powers. Since the program’s launch by Council Member Kallos in 2014 there has been a reduction in the number of collisions involving cyclists each year, and fewer pedestrians and cyclists injured in collisions.
The NYPD traffic data 17th and 19th precinct report Year to Date (YTD) as of December:
·2,472 summons issued to bicycles mostly for not giving right of way to pedestrians and disobeying a steady red signal;
·19,012 moving violations issued to vehicles, the violations, were issued for infractions such as improper turns, disobeying a traffic control device, for red lights, not yielding the right of way to pedestrians among other violations as of November; and
·62 seizures of “e-bikes” with most receiving summonses as well (ECB/OATH.
This year, DOT closed the 2nd Ave Gap at the Queensboro Bridge adding protected lanes between 68th Street and 59th Street. Other infrastructure improvements made by the Department of Transportation in the Upper East Side include.
·Doubling bike lanes from just First Avenue and the 90th & 91st Street pair to include protected lanes on Second Avenue, 70th & 71st Street and 77th & 78th Streets in 2017, parking protected bike lanes from 68th to 59th Street on Second Avenue in 2018.
·Safe crossing across the entrance to Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge with new bike lanes and cross walks installed in 2019.
·Leading pedestrian intervals along York Avenue to give pedestrians a chance to cross before vehicles get the green light in 2016.
·“Safety neckdowns” have extended the curb and islands have been added at dangerous intersections throughout the Upper East Side, so pedestrians have less distance to cross.
"Our first priority is to keep pedestrians and cyclists safe from cars, and we’ve made great strides doing so on the Upper East Side,” said Council Member Ben Kallos. “Particularly older residents are also afraid of getting hurt in a collision with bikes that disobey the rules every day. Whether it is ‘near misses’ from a failure to yield to pedestrians, or reports of cyclists who run red lights, go the wrong way, or ride on sidewalks, everyone must know the rules of the road in order to share it safely. Thank you to the NYPD, Department of Transportation, Bike New York, Citi Bike, and Transportation Alternatives for their partnership in making our streets safer.”
“As the city grapples with injuries and fatalities from crashes, safety and enforcement measures are more important than ever. Designing our streets with all New Yorkers in mind and implementing necessary infrastructure, including completing the Second Avenue bike lane gap, allows both cyclists and pedestrians to safely follow the rules of the road. I am glad to partner with Council Member Kallos on programs that keep our residents safe, and thank the Department of Transportation, NYPD, Bike New York, Citi Bike, and Transportation Alternatives for their continued commitment to safe streets," said Council Member Keith Powers.