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Some safety stats and facts

I got sent this news report on the DOT’s “Look” campaign.
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It is an awareness campaign to highlight the work of the
The New York City Bicycle Safety Coalition which was formed in 2006 in response to a 40% increase in cyclist fatalities over the prior year in the five boroughs.

Their motto: “The Coalition is comprised of a range of parties who have one goal in mind: to make the streets safer for everyone.”

Here is the MY9 news report featuring New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, making us all feel good about bike lanes:
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This is kind of an old campaign but just in time for new report which came out rating NYC drivers the most aggressive.
NYC likes to be first and now they can proudly hold the title of: “ROAD RAGE capital of the U.S.” Proudly beating out Miami.

NYC drivers named America’s most aggressive
Big Apple overtakes Miami to be voted road rage capital of the U.S.
Image: A taxi drives through a downtown Manhattan

updated 4:42 a.m. ET, Tues., June 16, 2009

NEW YORK – New York has overtaken Miami to be voted the U.S. city with the angriest and most aggressive drivers, according to a survey on road rage released on Tuesday.

Miami topped the annual poll for the last four years but voters in 25 major metropolitan areas gave New Yorkers the prize for angriest, most aggressive drivers who tailgate, speed, honk their horns, overreact and lose their tempers.

The response of New Yorkers to bad drivers also helped push the city into the top slot for road rage.

Read the article here.

There was also a telling fact from a recent GMAC insurance company annual test for drivers and guess who had the lowest scores in the country:
worst record

So remember the next time you hear someone bitching about bikers zipping through intersections and not stopping at red lights, remind them that Drivers here can’t even remember what a double yellow line means and are prone to fits of rage.

Hmmm, I know a cure for that…its called riding a bike.

2 comments to Some safety stats and facts

  • stevo

    i’m late on this blog post, but there stilll isnt much acknowledgement about these damn bike lanes. i love riding…i ride everywhere… but i never feel quite safe on the streets of nyc, esp. manhattan… rarely can i be on an avenue with a solid bike path. I say there shouldbe bike lanes on EVERYSTREET + avenue and intersection, and the drivers should respect these lanes. If bikers get a ticket for riding the sidewalk…in the city… then careless drivers should recieve tickets for disobeying the bike lanes and shitty driving!

  • marie roux

    BIKERS GETTING A TICKET FOR RIDING ON THE SIDEWALKS!I WISH..THEY RIDE ON SIDEWALKS,DON’T RESPECT TRAFFIC LIGHTS AND GENERALLY MAKE A NUISANCE OF THEMSELVES,ENDANGERING THE SAFETY OF PEDESTRIANS.