Different areas in New York City pose risks to both pedestrians and cyclists, and these people can be seriously injured if they’re in accidents with cars. Elevated intersections with bridges and subways are especially dangerous compared to regular streets, and—in the past five years—about 238 crashes involving cyclists and pedestrians have been reported at intersections. The streets of New York City often have a heavy concentration of vehicles at any given time, but areas under or around bridges are likely to have low visibility. As you cross these areas either on foot or on your bicycle, try to be extra cautious.
Mitigating Accident Risks
Mayor de Blasio set in motion the Green Wave, a $58.4 million bike safety plan to reduce the risk of accidents at these intersections. The project included new protected bike lanes to expand the city’s bike safety network. Redesigning dangerous intersections and creating efficient stoplight patterns are also part of the plan to protect riders.