In case you think you’re off the hook because you don’t ride, consider this: every 6 minutes, a pedestrian is struck by a car in New York. In the event of a fatality, it’s a misdemeanor for the motorist (if it ever gets to court), and TWU Local 100 - the NYC Bus Drivers Union - is trying to overturn even this.
Enough is enough.
We gather at The Plaza.
The ride takes off to a stereo chorus of tinkling bells.
We sail through midtown, our members acting as volunteer traffic directors to protect us.
But large numbers of my fellow riders come from the other 4 boroughs – boroughs where long-identified “dangerous streets” are still the only riding alternative. Until all of us are safe, none of us can be safe. In the meantime, we ride together.*
*Hours after the Vision Zero ride
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