The variety of bicyclist deaths dropped final 12 months to 10, from 24 in 2017, in accordance to the metropolis. The quantity of people that died in automobiles additionally fell to 37, from 58 in 2017. But the variety of motorcyclist deaths elevated to 39, from 33 in 2017.
Nationally, greater than 37,000 individuals died in visitors crashes in 2017, in accordance to federal transportation knowledge that’s not accessible but for 2018. The variety of visitors fatalities in the United States fell by about 2 p.c in 2017, however that adopted will increase in deaths in 2016 and 2015.
In New York, security advocates have pressed Mr. de Blasio to transfer sooner to enhance streets. Marco Conner, deputy director of Transportation Alternatives, an advocacy group, mentioned there have been nonetheless too many deaths and accidents.
“It’s an achievement, and it should be celebrated,” Mr. Conner mentioned of the drop final 12 months. “But I think the big question is: Why aren’t we doing more against the enormity of the epidemic? We’re only really taking baby steps.”
The individuals who misplaced their lives characterize a cross part of New Yorkers: A 5-year-old woman, Abigail Blumenstein, and a 1-year-old boy, Joshua Lew, had been killed by a driver in Brooklyn whereas crossing the road with their moms; an 89-year-old lady, Beatrice Kahn, was hit by a automobile in the Bronx; and a 9-year-old boy, Giovanni Ampuero, was struck by a driver who fled the scene in Queens.
In August, a 23-year-old Australian lady died after she was hit by a rubbish truck whereas driving a bicycle close to Central Park. She was minimize off by a livery cab that entered a bike lane. Her dying led to requires higher bike infrastructure, equivalent to protected lanes.
The metropolis’s transportation commissioner, Polly Trottenberg, mentioned that her company accomplished 138 road enchancment tasks final 12 months and added greater than 20 miles of protected bike lanes. She referred to as the 2018 figures “encouraging results unparalleled among American cities.”