Vision Zero Initiative Aimed To Lower Pedestrian And Cycling Deaths
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero Initiative is aimed to not only reduce pedestrian deaths in New York City but to also protect the lives of those who cycle in the city. According to the NYC Department of Health and Hygiene, 25% of New York City residents bicycle through the city at least once a year. In 2015, a total of 14 bicyclists lost their lives in collisions with motor vehicles. Another 4,433 were injured to the extent that they required medical attention. These numbers are lower than they were in 2000, when injuries and fatalities were almost three times as high.
The NY Daily News reports on a metro cyclist who was struck by a vehicle and died of his injuries.
53-year-old Robert Spencer was biking west on Borden Avenue in Long Island City on March 14th when a Chevrolet Cruze crashed into him at Second Street. Spencer was rushed to Mount Sinai, Queens by medics. He succumbed to his injuries there.
The driver of the Cruze had the right of way at the time of the accident and remained at the scene. According to police, Spencer had rolled through the red light at the intersection. Spencer was the sixth person killed on a bicycle in New York this year. In 2018, a total of ten cyclists were killed throughout the five boroughs. If fatalities continue at this rate, the city is on track for 30 fatalities this year.