Ming5 The New York City traffic laws : “Driving bikes on sidewalks is prohibited unless sign allows or wheels are less than 26 inches in diameter and rider under 14 years of age.” See Administrative Code 19-176 (passed in 2002).
Ming13 800 US Cyclists Die Every Year In the US, there are 85 million bicycle riders. 800 bicyclists die every year, and about 540,000 bicyclists visit emergency rooms with injuries every year. Motor vehicles are involved in 90-92 per cent of bicyclist deaths and 12 per cent of injuries on the roads. Sixty percent of bicycle deaths in 2000 occurred on major roads, and 32 percent occurred on local roads.
Ming14 The Human Bowling Alley For example, Queens Boulevard is a neighborhood street, not a highway, but more than 300 pedestrians have been killed and 5000 seriously injured in the past 30 years on the highway- like street called “the human bowling alley”. (T.A. Magazine, “Queens Boulevard is a neighborhood street, not a highway”)
Ming15 Crash Types and Causes by Cars Human Error by Motorist: 20% Bicyclists / Pedestrian Error: 30% Alcohol: Factor in 1/3 of Fatalities Speed: Significant Factor Roadway Design: Data is Limited Youth and Seniors are at Risk Source: Brustman / NYBC 1999
Ming16 General Problems General Problems Neglect by Planners, Engineers and Educators Road Rage Mass Car Ownership Congestion Heels and Wheels Conflict
Ming21 Proposal for reforming the 2002 bicycle laws: Operating a bicycle on the sidewalk is permitted: When the sidewalk is not used by people; When the sidewalk is crossed by a private road or driveway; When traveling on a one-way road; When overtaking and passing vehicles in the road; When necessity or emergency mandates the use of sidewalks.
Ming22 How to Help: Please contact your city representative and city council-person asking for their support for the reforms. You can offer this slide show to them to demonstrate proper bicycle operation and how reforming the law will improve safety.
Ming24 Contact Information: Mr. John Liu Chairperson of the Council's Transportation Committee District Office Address: 135-27 38th Avenue, (Suite 388), Flushing, New York, 11354 District Office Phone No.: (718) 888-8747 Fax Phone No.: (718) 888-0331 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org