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Right of Way-Using Visuals to Make the Public Aware of Unsafe Streets

Last month the group Right of Way took street safety into their own hands and extended the bike on 6th Ave. One of the tactics of this advocacy organization is to use visuals such as a stencil to make the public aware of the dangers on the streets to cyclists and pedestrians from reckless drivers. Although the group has been doing this kind of a thing since 1996, this action was prompted after a tourist got hit by a cab on the sidewalk and the driver tried to blame an angry cyclist.
Here is the article in the NY Times: Unauthorized Bike Lanes Created in Midtown

By Colin Moynihan
September 22, 2013

20131014-120119.jpgBicycling activists including Liz Patek painted unsanctioned bike lanes along a stretch of Avenue of the Americas on Saturday evening.
Photo by: Robert Stolarok for the New York Times.

As night fell on Saturday, about a half-dozen bicyclists emerged from a huddle outside the New York Public Library and began pedaling north. They rode through crowded Midtown blocks where tour buses passed slowly and tourists walked along sidewalks, carrying cameras or copies of Playbill from Broadway theaters.

The bicyclists dismounted at West 49th Street and Avenue of the Americas, where a taxicab struck a tourist from England last month, severing the young woman’s leg.

Read more: here.

Yesterday (10/13/13) Right of Way, used their signature stencil, a chalk outline and name, at eight spots where young children have been killed this year. This was part of a 50 mile, four borough ride to memorialize these children and advocate for safer streets.

Here is an article in the New York Daily News:
Cycling advocates mark spots of death in four-borough bike ride
By: Reuven Blau
October 13th, 2013

20131014-135915.jpgCyclists stenciled the names of kids killed by automobiles this year at the scenes of their death, part of a 50-mile, four-borough ride to highlight the dangers.–photo by: Barbara Ross

Bike activists cycled all over town on Sunday to stencil body outlines at eight sites where young children have been killed by cars this year.

The advocacy group Right of Way is urging the NYPD to further investigate the crashes, noting the drivers are rarely charged for speeding or other violations.

“From Staten Island to Flushing, it is unsafe to be a child on the streets,” said Keegan Stephan, a Right of Way member.

Read more: here.

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