Bikers call on DOT to redesign streets in response to cycling fatalities

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THE BRONX -

Monday marked the 18th person to die while riding a bike on New York City streets, raising even more concerns among bicyclists.

Kevin Daloia, a Bronx resident, says he rides his bike as much as he drives his car, but safety is a major concern for cyclists like himself.

"Our biggest concern in the Bronx is our lack of infrastructure right now,” Daloia said. “We have shared bike lanes and we share them with buses and other cars."

Bikers like Daloia are hoping for more rider-friendly roads and less deaths.

"Ghost bikes are placed throughout the community as a reminder of those that lost their lives while riding,” said Daloia.

After the most recent cyclist death, the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives is calling upon the Department of Transportation to redesign streets they consider dangerous for bicyclists.

"Streets like Third Avenue are incompatible with Vision Zero. To eliminate traffic deaths, these deadly corridors, which are dedicated 100% to moving and storing vehicles, must not be allowed to exist in their current form," said Joe Cutrufo, of Transportation Alternatives.

In a statement, the DOT said: “We are working hard on the protected bike lane on nearby 4th Avenue, completing a very large section between 1st and 38th Streets this year, which will be completed by late fall...In addition to the East-West connections we created in 2018, we will look at ways to improve 3rd Avenue for those who choose to walk and bike along the corridor."

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