New York City announces major bicycle safety initiative

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006
By Yokota Fritz


New York City Transportation Commissioner Iris Weinshall today joined Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly to announce a series of unprecedented bicycle safety improvements, including the addition of 200 miles of new on-street bicycle facilities (paths, lanes and routes) over the next three years. The agencies also announced the release of a joint report describing the factors that contributed to the deaths and serious injuries of bicyclists over the past decade.

"Today's announcement that the City Departments of Transportation, Health, Police and Parks are working together to dramatically improve and increase bicycling heralds a new and exciting era for the city," Transportation Alternatives' Bicycle Program Director Noah Budnick said. "Three million New Yorkers are overweight, one million have asthma and three-quarter million suffer from diabetes. It is clear more than ever that increasing cycling is a public health issue, as well as one of traffic safety, air quality and economics."

Read more at Streets Blog. Also visit NY Transportation Alternatives.


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Comments:
Oh ratz. Santa and I wuz havin' sooooo much fun reading Mike Green's Bikeblog of the NYPD crackin' heads. Now what do we grouse 'bout? And, Santa, aka Recon Daddy, waz 'bout to take a little trip to NYC and Anna, TX. Oh well, Fat Man will just have to settle for Anna. Recon Daddy 'bout take a little trip.
 
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