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What Are The Worst Intersections For Cyclists In NYC?

Cyclists in New York City may be putting their lives in danger just by getting out onto city roadways. In 2018, there were a total of 10 cyclist deaths in New York City. So far this year, there have been 17. The wave of deaths has sparked outcry from cyclists and family members of victims for change. Mayor Bill de Blasio, who instituted his “Vision Zero” plan five years ago to eliminate city traffic deaths by 2014, called the cyclist situation an emergency, calling on the DOT to develop a bicyclist safety plan. 

The New York Post reports on the most dangerous intersections for cyclists in New York City. 

The corner of West 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue in Chelsea, where a cyclist was recently killed by a tractor-trailer is one of the most dangerous in the city. In the five-year period ending in 2018, there were a total of 21 cyclists who suffered from injuries at this intersection. 

23rd Street is wider than the streets that are parallel to it. It is also a major east-west route for delivery vehicles. 

Data shows that 60% of cyclist deaths since 2014 have occurred at intersections, prompting Mayor Bill de Blasio to call for a redesign of intersections. Which intersections will be redesigned has yet to be announced. 

A friend of Devra Freelander, a cyclist who was killed when he was struck by a cement truck, said that Brooklyn is a major problem. He says that neither drivers nor bikers follow the speed limit. 

The intersections of Jay and Tillery Streets in Brooklyn, as well as Atlantic and Bedford Avenues, located in Crown Heights, are tied for the second-most dangerous, at 20 injuries in the time frame. 

That area is a key area for both cyclists and motorists coming off of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. 

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