Houston Street: Bike Boulevard of Death?

bike_death.jpgNew York 1 reports that a cyclist was killed this morning around 9:40 am while making a right turn from LaGuardia Place to West Houston Street. "Witnesses say the bike rider was trying to squeeze between a truck and a van."

The crash took place near an ongoing $25 million DOT street construction project which, incidentally, is narrowing the median on parts of Houston Street, replacing refuge areas for pedestrians with left-turn bays for cars, and doing nothing to make the street safer or more accessible to cyclists.

Gothamist provides a brief recap of last summer’s bike fatalities on and around Houston Street and suggests that we might begin calling it the "Bike Boulevard of Death." Gothamist’s comments section has erupted in what has become an all too frequent and predictable post-bike-crash online screaming match between commenters who blame the victim and those who argue that New York City needs to do more to help people commute safely by bike.

  • We will continue to have accidents that result in death or severe injury of cyclists until the city gets serious about onstreet buffered bike lanes, preferably separated from automobile traffic by a median or bollards. Otherwise cycling in the city will only be for the most dedicated and avid cyclist fringes.

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