2 people were killed and 20 of them were injured in bicycle accidents in the Bronx, NYC, during the second week of June. Bicycle accident injuries in the Bronx increased by 81.8 % during the week of June 8 to June 14 according to NYPD statistics. The Bronx is the only NYC borough where bicycle accident injuries increased during this week. In all other NYC boroughs, bicycle accident injuries declined. On average, injuries related to bike crashes were down 30.7% citywide. The largest decline, 59.1%, was observed in the North part of Queens, followed by a decline of 50% of bicycle accident injuries in the South part of Brooklyn, a 45% decline in the North part of Brooklyn, a decrease of 33.3% in the South part of Manhattan, a decrease of 29.4% in the North part of Manhattan, a 16.7% decline in the South of Queens and a status quo in Staten Island.
The Bronx is the borough that has the less investment by the city in infrastructures to protect bicyclists despite a large part of the population using bikes on a daily basis, including many delivery cyclists
While the city has been creating protected bike lanes all over rich white neighborhoods, the poor area of the Bronx didn’t get any of these. Even last month when de Blasio announced more streets closed to traffic and a extra 9.2 miles of protected bike lanes, none of them were in the Bronx.
Citi Bike finally expanded in the Bronx but because there is very little infrastructure to protect bicyclists, precincts where Citi Bike stations were installed saw an increase in bicycle accidents.
Transportation Alternatives has been criticizing the city for not installing proper infrastructures in each borough. “New York cannot continue to be a city where cycling infrastructure is installed slowly over years in a piecemeal fashion, and mostly in predominantly wealthy, white neighborhoods.” said Danny Harris, the Executive Director of the Street Advocacy Group in a recent article in Street Blog.
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