The cyclist fatalities and serious crashes over the past three weekshave brought renewed attention to the fact that little progress is beingmade to eliminate these everyday cycling hazards. Join Transportation Alternatives and leading bicycle advocates, clubsand organizations on Thursday morning to call on Mayor Bloomberg toredouble New York City's bike safety efforts: TOMORROW MORNINGThursday, June 29th, 20068:45 amCity Hall In the past three weeks there were four serious bike crashes in New YorkCity, three of them resulting in the deaths of individual cyclists,Donna Goodson, Dr. Carl Nacht and Derek Lake. On June 5, Donna Goodson was killed by a truck on Rockaway Parkway inBrooklyn. On Monday June 19, a taxicab driver opened his door andknocked a cyclist into the path of a passing bus on 10th Avenue inManhattan. On Thursday June 22, an NYPD tow truck driver crossing theHudson River Greenway hit Dr. Carl Nacht as he was riding with his wifenorthbound on the bike path. Dr. Nacht died Monday, June 26. On MondayJune 26, Derek Lake was killed by a truck when his bike slid out ofcontrol and he fell beneath the truck on Houston Street at LaGuardiaPlace. All four recent crashes were caused by dangerous conditions that arecommonplace on New York City streets but should not be: drivers andpassengers opening car doors into the path of cyclists; drivers failingto yield to cyclists and hazardous street conditions that can send bikesout of control. Like the Mayors of London, Paris, Chicago and other world class citiesthat have recently unveiled comprehensive plans to make bicycling safeand widespread, Mayor Bloomberg must get serious about making New YorkCity a safe place to bike. The City's "Bicycle Master Plan" is ten yearsold and only 15% complete. Moreover, it has no targets or timetable forcompletion, benchmarks for increasing cycling, or modern bike lane andpath design standards--all hallmarks of exemplary plans recently putforth by cities like London and Chicago that will make cycling safeenough for all to enjoy. --------------- Full details at: Transportation Alternatives E-Bulletin