Each of the five boroughs of New York sees its fair share of traffic. While the pandemic has changed the way individuals travel and how frequently, the reality is that the various types of transportation present some level of risks and dangers. Even when an individual decides to walk or ride a bike, he or she is likely traveling near automobile traffic.
In fact, due to the increase in bike share programs, the city has seen a spike in cycle fatalities since 2019. Thus, in order to address these concerns, the city has taken measures to increase the safety of cyclists and pedestrians to reduce serious and fatal collisions.
Bike lane construction
The construction of bike lanes on both the Brooklyn and Queensboro Bridges is considered the latest victory for advocates for cycling, pedestrian and transportation safety. The city plans on closing one lane on both bridges, reserving them for bicyclists.
Automobiles dominate more than 6,000 miles of streets, but that is not the only form of transportation used in the city. Currently, there is more than 120 miles of protected bike lanes; however, the goal is to create 1,375 miles of bike lanes. This would result in the largest urban network for bikes in the nation.
The bike safety plan goes further than just creating protected bike lanes. It also means redesigning current intersections that allow for safer turns for cyclists. Both the Brooklyn Bridge and Queensboro Bridge were considered rather dangerous routes for cyclists. This has been a longstanding concern; however, it has increased with the soaring use of alternative transportation methods since the pandemic began.
While the additional bike lane will be beneficial, especially immediately after it is constructed, there are concerns for safety and congestion once the city recovers from the pandemic. Thus, traffic concerns may result, especially if individuals return to using automobiles instead of biking.
Whether an individual relies on a bike as his or her primary form of transportation or not, risks are associated with cycling. Therefore, if an accident occurs while he or she is cycling, it is important to understand what rights and options are afforded to them. A personal injury action could help the injured cyclist. This civil suit could hold a negligent motorist accountable and assist with the recovery of compensation for damages suffered.