The 10th annual Ghost Bike Memorial Ride to honor pedestrians and cyclists who were hit by vehicles and killed in New York City was held on April 19, 2015. Cyclists visited each of the 21 ghost bikes installed around the city since 2014. Over the past year, 144 pedestrians and 20 cyclists died on the streets of the city, reported Gothamist (4.20.15).
Ghost Bikes are white bicycles chained to signposts and fences near the sites of fatal accidents. Each one is a reminder of the person who lost his or her life. They serve to remind everyone of the tragedy, as well to remind drivers to slow down and respect other users of the roads. When it comes to a bicycle or a pedestrian versus a car, the car will always win.
Participants in the Memorial Ride stopped at each bike and placed flowers on the frame while friends and family shared a memory of the victim. Then, riders then lifted their bikes above their heads in tribute.
Since June 2005, the Street Memorial Project has installed 150 ghost bikes in New York City to commemorate 198 fatalities.
Lawyers at The Perecman Firm agree with volunteer Leah Todd of the NYC Street Memorial Project, who said the city needs to do more to protect cyclists and pedestrians from negligent drivers. NYPD data, cited by Gothamist, revealed that 144 pedestrians and 20 cyclists were killed by cars in 2014, and 168 pedestrians and 12 cyclists were killed in 2013. At least two cyclists have been killed in 2015.
When he took office in 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio enacted a campaign called Vision Zero to eliminate all traffic injuries and deaths in New York City. The Vision Zero Action Plan outlined 63 separate initiatives that the Mayor’s Office and a number of City Agencies would undertake to achieve this goal. One initiative was to reduce the speed limit citywide. The plan also enhanced safety with reengineered intersections and corridors, the creation of slow zones and the installation of speed bumps and speed cameras.
Cyclists who are involved in a bicycle accident have rights. Cycling accident victims in New York often do not pursue their accident cases to the fullest extent of the law. Enlisting the help of an experienced lawyer after a cycling accident can result in faster and potentially greater compensation