Many commentators cite New York as the nirvana for cyclists.
As is usual with the emotive claptrap that is hurled around the facts don’t support the contention.
Lance Wiggs tells me via Twitter and in his NBR article that NYC is safer for cyclists than NZ., and that we should look to them for guidance on cycling matters. Really?
His response to that video:
@Whaleoil NYC intrinsically more dangerous than NZ, but they’ve worked to make it safer for cyclists. Ratio here is much worse for cyclists.
— Lance Wiggs (@lancewiggs) January 7, 2014
In New York City in 2012 there were 20 deaths of cyclists. In the whole of New Zealand there were just 8.
These people who are calling for bike lanes and traffic calming and all sorts of other stuff are asking us to consider spending billions of dollars on roading changes to save just 8 people per annum. The full stats go back to 1921, but for the last 5 years it is about 8 people per annum. New York kills around 20 of their cyclists every year.
The death rates of cyclists per head of population for both NZ and NYC are statistically irrelevant.
NZ: 8 deaths divided by 4.4 million people = 0.00000181818 or 0.00018 of a single %
NYX: 20 deaths divided by 8.3 million people = 0.00000240963 or 0.00024 of a single %
Calling for cycle lanes and the such to save lives is an astonishing waste of resources, especially when those killed all too often ignore the road rules like the cyclist who died yesterday.
Claims that cycling in NYC is safer than NZ simply don’t stack up.
If Lance Wiggs wants to attempt to make a difference he could start by getting some facts right, or dipping into his own pocket, something he is very careful to usually avoid, and maybe start putting Ghost Bikes around the place…it will be low cost too, only need about 8 a year.
The solution is not for millions to be spent on separating vehicles from cycles, it lies in people obeying the road rules and operating which ever vehicle they choose to transport them in a manner that is within the road rules.
No amount of cycle lanes will prevent people from running red lights from being crushed by 20 tonne trucks with the right of way.
Lycra is not some sort of force field that will protect you…some cyclists though are exceedingly slow learners.
Meanwhile like motor-cyclists the cyclists who ignore the road rules and ride like pricks will more likely than not become organ donors.