The dangers of urban biking
Cycling in the city can be a matter of life and death. Now, activists are raising awareness to keep bikers safe.
A protected bike lane
in New York City, there are over 200 Ghost Bikes — physical tributes to cyclists killed or hit on the street according to Ghostbike. Shmuli Evers is one of the 50,000 New Yorkers that commute to work via bicycle every day in line with NYC.gove website. He shares his experience on social media with the community #BikeNYC to raise awareness on what's going on in the city streets.
“To me, it's. It shows how lacking our infrastructure is and how much more we need to do to make sure this doesn't happen again. It encourages me to do more for our safety, to make more awareness of what needs to be done. Once these tragedies do happen, there is actually a political push to get a better infrastructure in place. Bike NYC, the hashtag is camaraderie as well as awareness, like whenever there's something going on within New York City that has to do with people biking. It's a closure of a street, if there's cops ticketing for red lights or I like to focus on nice things, I like to focus on parents that bike with their children and show how normal it is to bike. When you see a car parked in the bike lane, you have to make sure that the other drivers that are behind you are aware of you, that you have to go around this car. It's a matter of life and death if that other driver does not see you. What needs to happen is a clear separated bike lane that is not that cannot be entered by a driver”, NYC bike rider Shmuli Evers tells Brut.
There are 1,240 miles of bike lanes installed in New York as of 2018, and 480 miles of protected bike lanes. New York's mayor plans to bring 250 miles of protected bike lanes to the city within 5 years.