New York Ranks Poorly When It Comes to Bicycle Safety

by | June 10th, 2013

June 8, 2013

The number of New York citizens who choose to commute via bicycle continues to increase yearly, but the state once again ranked poorly when it comes to cycling advocacy and safety. The League of American Bicyclists, a 133-year-old advocacy group, ranked the state 43rd in the nation when it comes to cycling safety.

A staggering number of Rochester Bicycle Accidents and similar incidents in New York City were a major contributing factor to the state’s low ranking. Researchers explained that vehicle traffic congestion in New York City, combined with the failure of many vehicles to allow bicycles ample space in rural New York, were the main reasons for the state’s poor ranking. One state official pointed out that nearly 30 percent of roadway fatalities in New York are cyclists or pedestrians.

The Nyack News & Views explained the state’s lack of educational programs for motorists about the importance of sharing the road and a lack of funding for infrastructure improvements were also contributing factors to the ranking.

The Rochester Personal Injury Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices recognize the dangers cyclists and pedestrians face on the streets of New York. That’s why the firm asks motorists to allow cyclists at least three feet of space when passing. Also, check twice for cyclists before entering traffic at an intersection.