A motorist killed a 71-year-old man walking in Dyker Heights last night, bringing to 16 the number of senior pedestrians fatally struck by drivers in 2017, according to crash data tracked by Streetsblog. People age 65 and older make up 13 percent of NYC’s population but account for 57 percent of pedestrian fatalities this year.
New Yorkers have been giving up on the bus, with a 16 percent drop in ridership between 2002 and 2015. An analysis of each borough by Eric Goldwyn shows the bus ridership decline has been concentrated in Manhattan and Brooklyn. There may be several factors at work, but worsening traffic congestion is almost certainly a culprit.
Davis was biking on Classon in the direction of traffic on the morning of April 15 when a left-turning driver in a Fiat struck and killed her. Her sister Danielle launched an online petition urging community boards 2 and 3 and local council members Laurie Cumbo and Robert Cornegy, Jr. to support a bike lane on Classon, and almost 6,000 people have signed on.