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New York City Bicyclist and Pedestrian Accidents

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A recent New York Post article detailed an issue that has been plaguing New York City in recent years: accidents involving bicyclists and pedestrians.  Since 2011, New York City bicyclists have injured more than 2,250 pedestrians.  The injuries include at least seven that have died from the injuries they sustained.  Although the New York Vision Zero initiative has made strides to try and curb these accidents, the amount of pedestrian accidents involving bicyclists have increased thi

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Bill Will Allow NYC Cyclists To Pass Through LPI Intersections

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Earlier this year, New York City Councilman Carlos Menchaca introduced a bill that would allow cyclists to ride through certain red lights. Currently, cyclists and cars are treated the same way under the law. The bill would allow for cyclists to ride through red lights with Lead Pedestrian Intervals (LPIs), which extend the duration of a red light to give pedestrians additional time to cross the street before traffic begins to move. According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), there are almost 1,500 intersections throughout New York City that have LPIs.

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Uptick in Traffic Deaths

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During New York City Mayor Bill Deblasio's campaign, he vowed to bring pedestrian deaths to zero by 2024. According to Vision Zero data from city hall, in the month of September, there were nine pedestrian fatalities and 816 pedestrians injured from car related incidents. Also, there was one cyclist death and 527 cyclists injured. So far for the year 2016, there have been 98 pedestrian and 17 cyclist deaths.

 

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