What’s Behind NYC’s Mounting Cyclist Death Toll? (Vision Zero Watch)

The increase is in line with other city and national trends: While New York’s overall traffic deaths hit a record low in 2018, pedestrian deaths rose from the year before, to 115 fatalities (in 2019 so far, there have been 112 crashes where pedestrians were killed, NYPD data shows). Nationwide, 857 cyclists were killed in traffic last year, up 22 percent from 2017, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

Cycling advocates see promise in recent city initiatives—like Mayor Bill de Blasio’s $58.4 million “Green Wave” plan, which pledged to build 30 miles of protected bike lanes a year—but say they’d like to see the administration take more aggressive action overall when it comes to transforming New York’s streets.