Final yr marked the second deadliest for visitors violence throughout Mayor de Blasio’s seven years in workplace, when at the very least 243 folks had been killed on the streets of New York Metropolis, together with 26 cyclists — a lot of whom had been the important staff that saved the remainder of New York wholesome, secure, and fed all through the COVID-19 disaster.
However the de Blasio administration failed to guard these riders, particularly in neighborhoods which have traditionally been uncared for and underinvested in for street-safety enhancements — and in consequence, greater than half of the 26 cyclists killed final yr died on streets the place the median revenue falls under the citywide common.
“Regardless of Mayor de Blasio’s efforts to make New York the fairest large metropolis in America, persons are dying most within the neighborhoods the place Mayor de Blasio has executed the least,” stated Marco Conner DiAquoi, deputy director of Transportation Options. “Mayor de Blasio should implement much-needed enhancements on our streets and prioritize neighborhoods that traditionally haven’t obtained their justifiable share of road security investments, like protected bike lanes.”
The common median family revenue of the streets the place 24 out of the 26 cyclists had been killed (excluding one which came about inside a park, and one other on a bridge) is $59,479 — $1,283 lower than the citywide common of $60,762, in accordance with census knowledge.
Ten of the 26 bike owner fatalities final yr occurred on streets the place the median revenue falls under $45,000, and eight of them occurred within the Bronx — the place the median revenue is $38,085, the poorest of the 5 boroughs that has lengthy been neglected for infrastructure upgrades.
“Increasingly cyclists are dying within the Bronx, and Mayor de Blasio has not stepped as much as save lives,” TransAlt Govt Director Danny Harris stated earlier this month, after the first bike owner of 2021 was killed within the Bronx.” “[The] bike owner died on a stretch of street with 4 lanes of visitors and nil bike lanes. This loss of life was the predictable and preventable results of the inequitable distribution of lifesaving biking infrastructure.”
And never solely did these bikers die on streets which might be poorer than a lot of the remainder of the town, in addition they lived in areas that had been lower-income. The median incomes of the residence neighborhoods of the 24 useless cyclists whose addresses are recognized common out to $56,787 — about $4,000 lower than the citywide common.
By comparability, the median revenue amongst automotive house owners within the metropolis is $85,000, in accordance with census knowledge crunched by the Tri-State Transportation Marketing campaign in 2015.
The 24 cyclists whose addresses are recognized excludes 22-year-old Micheal Basurto Larino, who police say was homeless; he was killed by a tractor trailer at Bruckner Boulevard and Brown Place on Nov. 5; and 41-year-old Pedro Lopez, whose tackle supplied by police was inaccurate; he was killed by a truck driver making an unlawful U-turn on Vandervoort Avenue in Bushwick on Jan. 30.
Six of the 24 useless cyclists whose addresses are recognized lived in areas the place the median revenue is about $35,000 or much less, in accordance with metropolis knowledge.
And amongst these important staff killed final yr was 37-year-old Victorio Hilario Guzman, who labored as a meals supply bike owner and was killed by a hit-and-run driver throughout a supply on Grand Concourse and East a hundred and eightieth Avenue on Sept. 23.
His brother, Elias Hilario, advised Streetsblog that the mayor is just not doing sufficient to guard folks like his brother, making an attempt to make a dwelling on his bike.
“The town is just not doing sufficient,” Hilario stated by way of a translator, referencing the 14 extra cyclists, together with a number of supply staff, who had been additionally killed after his brother.
The 2 brothers moved at separate occasions to New York from Mexico within the early 2000s. They each had began working at a deli within the Bronx, after which one other in Manhattan, the place they began making deliveries by bike. Hilario stated his brother then acquired fired in 2019 and began working for a supply app referred to as Relay.
Hilario can also be a supply employee and stated he will get across the metropolis solely by bike as a result of he doesn’t have a license right here. He stated he will get pissed off each time he sees unprotected bike lanes stuffed with illegally parked automobiles — which he sees usually.
“The bike lanes are blocked continually and there’s no enforcement from police,” he stated, particularly mentioning the Grand Concourse, the place his brother was killed.
Hilario desires to make use of his brother’s loss of life to assist different supply staff, and to battle for road security for all — he’s organizing a vigil, 4 months after his brother’s loss of life with none justice, on Jan. 23 on the intersection the place he was killed.
But, the town has proven it may spend money on street-safety when and the place it desires to — in wealthier neighborhoods. On blocks that had been a part of the town’s Open Streets program — which was created to supply New Yorkers house for socially distanced recreation all through the pandemic — the median revenue common was $81,567, in accordance with Census knowledge analyzed by Streetsblog.
Vigil for Victorio Hilario-Guzmán at Grand Concourse and East a hundred and eightieth Avenue on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 5 pm.