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"[rally/conference will be either on the plaza or the City Hall steps, for which you must pass through security.]

Transportation Alternatives
127 West 26th Street, Suite 1002
New York, NY 10001


June 27, 2006
Contact: Noah Budnick
646-873-6022 (office)
917-684-2912 (mobile)

Cyclists, Advocates: City's Bike Safety Efforts not Enough Demand New City Bike Safety Plan to Address Chronic Hazards

City Hall press conference
Thursday, June 29, 2006, 9 am

In the past week there were three serious bike crashes in New York City, two of them resulting in the deaths of individual cyclists, Dr. Carl Nacht and Derek Lake.

On Monday June 19, a taxicab driver opened his door and knocked a cyclist into the path of a passing bus on 10th Avenue in Manhattan. On Thursday June 22, an NYPD tow truck driver crossing the Hudson River Greenway hit Dr. Nacht as he was riding with his wife northbound on the bike path. Dr. Nacht died Monday, June 26. On Monday June 26, Mr. Lake was killed by a truck when his bike slid out of control and he fell beneath the truck on Houston Street at LaGuardia Place.

All three crashes were caused by dangerous conditions that are commonplace on New York City streets but should not be: drivers and passengers opening car doors into the path of cyclists; drivers failing to yield to cyclists and hazardous street conditions that can send bikes out of control.

Like the Mayors of London, Paris, Chicago and other world class cities that have recently unveiled comprehensive plans to make bicycling safe and widespread, Mayor Bloomberg must get serious about making New York City a safe place to bike. The City's ""Bicycle Master Plan"" is ten years old and only 15% complete. It is devoid of targets, timetables and design standards that cities like London and Chicago are using to make cycling safe enough for all to enjoy.

To prevent future tragedies, City Hall must modernize New York City's bike plan to include targets, timetables, design standards and other modern tools for making cycling a safe and viable mode of
transportation, including:

* A new updated ""New York City Bicycle Master Plan""
* A timetable to implement this bike safety/encouragement plan
* Specific targets to increase the rate of bike riding and reduce the number of bicycle crashes
* Modern street design standards for the safest types of on- and off-street bike paths
* Heightened enforcement of laws against drivers who endanger cyclists
* Specific targets to put every New Yorker within a half-mile of a bike lane or path
* Increased street hazard inspection on heavily-cycled streets by bike-borne DOT inspectors
* Proactive safety measures like ""anti-dooring"" stickers in taxicabs to remind drivers and passengers to look for cyclists before opening their doors
* Adequate outdoor bike parking and bike access to buildings
* The reinstatement of a public bicycle advisory committee

Helmets reduce the risk of serious head injuries, but are only part of the safety equation. T.A.'s Deputy Director of Advocacy, Noah Budnick says, ""Everyone should wear helmets, but helmets don't prevent crashes. Safety is better served by safe streets that encourage more cycling because studies show that the more cyclists there are, the more motorists notice us and the safer it is to ride.""

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Carol Wood (not verified)
Meeting time 8:30

Note that the meeting time is 8:30.

The press conference begins promptly at 9am.

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Noah Budnick, Transportation Alternatives (not verified)
Thursday 9 am bike safety rally at City Hall

I hope you all will come down to City Hall on Thursday morning, June 29, at 9 AM and rally for safer cycling in NYC.

Turning out people, cyclists and those who care about cyclists and our city, is the only way to get the message through to Mayor Bloomberg that he and his agencies need to get serious about making New York City a safe place to ride a bike. Right now, they just don't understand how dangerous it is. They need to hear the truth.

More info about the rally at:

(The on-line announcement says 8:45am, but rally will start promptly at 9:00am.)

Hope you all will come with your family, friends and colleagues.

Noah Budnick
Transportation Alternatives

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Carol Wood (not verified)
Replacement needed!

I am just starting a new job and can't make it to the rally. Can someone PLEASE go in my place?

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Denise Barlow (not verified)
this morning's rally


I went to the rally this morning with my husband Carl. Noah and Paul from TA did a great job with the press conference. The reporters -- from NY1 and Fox 5 -- asked some intelligent, thoughtful questions. I'm glad I went -- all these accidents really have me upset lately. I know you were there in spirit.

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Carol Wood (not verified)
Newsday, Daily News
cycling trips