What Does The Future Hold For NYC’s Vision Zero Plan?
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Date: Monday 19 August 2019, 12:00 AM
Media: Curbed

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On Tuesday, July 9, more than 1,000 cyclists laid on the ground of Washington Square Park during a “die-in” to protest the dangerous conditions of riding a bicycle on New York City streets. Among the prone protestors, a smattering stood with signs reading names of the 15 cyclists killed in the first seven months of the year. The crowd was mostly quiet, except for a trumpet player and chant of each name. In the weeks since the die-in, there have been more, albeit smaller, vigils. One for Alex Cordero, a 17-year-old bicyclist struck and killed by a tow truck on Staten Island. Just a few hours after that crash, a box truck hit and killed a 58-year-old on his bike in Brooklyn. (His name has not been released.) In late July, around 50 cycling advocates gathered in Sunset Park to mourn Em Samolewicz, killed by a truck driver the prior day. And this month, 52-year-old Jose Alzorriz was killed on his bike in Brooklyn after a car ran a red light. Alzorriz is the 19th New Yorker killed while biking this year. There have been comparisons of the Washington Square Park die-in to the Stop de Kindermoord (“stop child murder”) movement that emerged in 1970s Netherlands in response to rising traffic fatalities. There is, however, a glaring difference: Stop de Kindermoord was subsidized by the Dutch government, established a formal headquarters, and went on to develop ideas for safer urban planning that helped change Dutch street design for good.
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