Data indicates that more than 200,000 bicycles can be found on the roadways in and around New York City each day. Our New York City bicycle accident lawyers at William Mattar Law Offices point out that with so many cyclists on the road, it comes as no surprise that The Big Apple sees its fair share of collisions involving bicycles. In fact, dozens of cyclists are killed and thousands of others are injured each year in the city that never sleeps.
To help protect the city’s commuters, the city council recently announced a plan that aims to reduce transportation accidents. According to an article from AM New York, officials hope the campaign can achieve this mission by raising safety awareness through educational resources.
Officials say the program—called Vision Zero—will provide auxiliary law enforcement along popular bike routes spanning First, Second, and Third avenues from 53rd to 86th streets. Bike New York will also be providing free educational courses focusing on rider safety. Participants in the course will receive a free helmet as well.
Speaking of free items for cyclists, the Department of Transportation will be offering free reflective vests, lights, and bells to commercial cyclists in the city as part of Vision Zero.
At William Mattar Law Offices, we recognize the importance of being cautious when riding a bicycle. That’s why we applaud New York City for their efforts to make our streets safer and we would also encourage you to familiarize yourself with these bicycle safety tips before you go on your next ride. Doing so could save your life.