NYBC Statement on Hudson River Greenway Tragedy
New York Bicycling Coalition Statement on NYS Bike Path Attack on Oct 31, 2017
On Oct. 31, 2017, eight people were killed and many more injured on a protected multi-use path in New York City. The instrument of devastation in this case was a motor vehicle and law enforcement agencies are calling the incident an act of terrorism. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families during this difficult time.
The site of yesterday’s tragedy is one of the most heavily-used bike paths in the country and the same area where Eric Ng was tragically killed by a drunk driver who drove at speeds up to 60 mph for over a mile on the path in 2006. Yet despite this, it doesn’t have bollards at many of its entry points in lower Manhattan. Bollards are designed to keep motor vehicles from entering pedestrian and cyclist-oriented infrastructure. These can no longer be considered an add-on or optional feature for bike paths or pedestrian walkways.
Far too many cyclists and walkers are hurt and killed on a regular basis within transportation systems that are primarily created for motorized vehicles. While NYC and other communities across the state have made great progress enhancing bicyclist and pedestrian safety, there are a lot more engineering, legislative, education, and enforcement initiatives that need to happen NOW as we move toward an environment where not one more tragedy takes place.
While we cannot prevent all terrorist attacks, we can implement proven safety features to protect vulnerable road users and dramatically reduce the opportunity for tragedy to strike.
About New York Bicycling Coalition
The New York Bicycling Coalition (NYBC) is a statewide nonprofit organization that leads the bike movement in New York state. It’s the objective of NYBC to make New York state bike- and pedestrian-friendly. NYBC is actively working with state legislators, law enforcement, educators, and municipal planners to make bicycling and walking safe and manageable in every community throughout New York state. For more information, please visit NYBC at http://www.nybc.net/.
Download our statement here: NYBC statement on NYC bike path attack