New York – The summer of 2021 was the deadliest for traffic deaths on New York City’s streets since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office, according to newly released figures.
The report, released by the non-profit organization Transportation Alternatives and Families for Safe Streets, said 77 people died on city streets this summer between the months of June and August.
“We know that Vision Zero works. What’s not working is Mayor DeBlasio’s implementation. Vision Zero isn’t failing. Mayor de Blasio is failing,” said Cory Epstein, a spokesman for Transportation Alternatives. “They have blamed the COVID-19 crisis. They have blamed Albany. They have blamed everyone except themselves and, in fact, it is a failure of their own leadership to save lives on our street.”
Transportation Alternatives lined white strollers outside City Hall and demanded the mayor stop a child misplaced in a stroller in Brooklyn in September.
An e-bike rider died after being hit by a car on the Belt Parkway on Wednesday morning.
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While the mayor and police commissioner Dermot Shea did not comment on reports of transport options, both acknowledged during the daily press briefing that more needs to be done to keep pedestrians safe.
“With Vision Zero the city has come a long way. We have more to do,” de Blasio said. “I think there is a real challenge that needs to be addressed. No, it is not okay to go the wrong way on the road. It is not okay to drive recklessly.”
“I’m more concerned about what’s coming left and right on the road than I am and it’s not a car and I think a lot of people share that view,” Shea said.
Transportation Alternatives say they are now looking for the next mayor on how to make the roads safer, which means waiting until January.