Searching for a cycle resolution: Creating protected streets for all, past blaming town and drivers

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That’s that cyclists, by and huge, have averted taking accountability for their very own habits on metropolis streets, and like to see themselves as victims relatively than prepared contributors within the elegant chaos that defines getting round in a tightly packed metropolis of eight.5 million folks. Cyclists may also be an enormous a part of the issue, performing as a menace to each one another and pedestrians. On July 31, for example, a bicycle owner hit a pedestrian, Michael Collopy, in Chelsea. He later died in Bellevue Hospital. The bicycle owner who hit him fled the scene and stays unidentified. Regardless of the tragedy and criminality of that occasion, it sparked little of the outrage or protests from the bike neighborhood which have popped up following bicycle fatalities this yr. In an announcement, Marco Conner, co-deputy director of Transportation Options, a number one bicycle advocacy group, acknowledged that the incident was a tragedy and mentioned that cyclists ought to at all times yield to pedestrians, however then shifted the blame for total visitors deaths from bikes to motor autos, which can be true however appears to be lacking the purpose — that pedestrians are sometimes fearful and on the mercy of lawbreaking cyclists.

 

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