Accountability for All
Accountability for All
We are affected when all of us who share the road are not held equally accountable.
Given the tremendous increase in the number of cyclists, the changes in the infrastructure and it’s impact on road access, increase in the number of unlicensed e-bikes, scooters, as well as the number of cars and all of us as pedestrians, it is important that our elected officials embrace all of the ramifications of cultural change for the greater good of all of their constituents.
To that end, we can agree that bicycling contributes to the overall health of cyclists, the environment and offers alternatives to walking, driving and mass transit, however most people are not daily bike riders and or familiar with riding with traffic. Additionally, bicycling, e-bikes or scooters are not an option for many city residents. For the elderly, many seniors, families with children, and or the differently abled etc. these modes of transportation are not viable options. The Speaker of the City Council, Corey Johnson, said in the July 28, 2019 New York Post article “We need to break the car culture. It is choking our streets. It is literally killing people,” “And that means we need to prioritize pedestrians and cyclists and mass transit over private automobile use.”
For those of us living in transportation desserts in our City, the Speakers priorities are also not likely options. The manner in which the City is pushing for changes in the modes of transportation is creating an us against them culture.
Statistics are not well kept or publicized when it involves a cyclists at fault and for those incidents that are documented consequences are rarely levied. There are bad actors across all groups, but all are not held to the same levels of accountability.
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New York City should...
Require education about road safety and responsibility of all and not only drivers. Statistics should be available for all modes of commuting.
Improve safety for all by not allowing trucks and oversized vehicles to park on corners offering a clearer view for all using the road.
Require identifiable tags, insurance for commuter bikes, e-bikes and scooters
Provide accessibility for the disabled and those in transportation desserts
These issues must be addressed to make this City equitable and accountable for All Sharing the Road!