Proposed legislation under consideration by the City Council would legalize motorized e-scooters and e-bikes in New York City. If the four bills pass and become law, they would make it easier for people to take advantage of emerging transportation options that are environmentally friendly. They would also put more scooters on the road.
Researchers from Virginia Tech and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have conducted what has been called a first-of-its-kind study, and it should be of interest to bicyclists in New York. According to this study, bicyclists who wear urban-style helmets, with their solid design and lack of ventilation, are more than twice as likely to suffer injury in an accident.
New Yorkers who rely on the L train to get into Manhattan from Brooklyn may need to find alternative means of transportation. The L train crossing under the East River is scheduled to be closed for 15 months while it undergoes planned repairs.
New York residents who enjoy riding their bikes may know what dooring is. This refers to bikes colliding with open car doors, and those who study the issue say that neither laws nor bike lanes seem to address the issue. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 302 such incidents in Chicago in 2015, which was a 50 percent increase from the year before.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a list of safety suggestions for cyclists in New York and throughout the country. Bikes should be inspected before riding, including the brakes and tires. People should also wear a properly fitted bike helmet. This can be critical in protecting cyclists from a serious head injury.
Few road users are as vulnerable as cyclists. This is particularly true in bustling cities with congested streets like New York. According to data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 726 cyclists were killed and a further 50,000 suffered injuries from cyclist/motor vehicle crashes in 2014. However, hospital records reveal that only about one in 10 bicycle accidents is reported to the authorities. Road safety experts say that the true number of injuries is almost certainly much higher.
In New York, the family of a man who was killed by an impaired driver while bicycling on Staten Island is planning to bring suit against the responsible party, according to news sources. In addition, the surviving family members are using the Internet in an attempt to raise $20,000 for the deceased man's funeral. The accident that killed the 59-year-old bicyclist occurred on Feb. 16.
New York bicyclists may recognize that they are vulnerable when traffic is heavy as they move from place to place. However, biking is one of the most affordable options for getting around. Still, it is important for these vulnerable individuals to be aware of the dangers they face because of their activities. Statistics collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that an estimated average of two bicyclists per day perish in the United States, which represents approximately 2 percent of deaths in all traffic accidents.
At just about any time of day, New York streets can be crowded with people trying to get from one place to the next. And whether they are in a cab, on foot, driving or riding a bike, they just want to get there as quickly as possible.