Yesterday, the Voice brought you news that Comptroller John Liu vehemently slammed Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration and the Department of Transportation, claiming that City Hall had not done enough to promote safety with New York's forthcoming bike share program.
"Recent studies have found that over a third of bicyclists run red lights, bike lines are blocked 60 percent of the time by cars, trucks, and taxis and that New York City is one of the most dangerous cities in the United States for bicyclists," his office said yesterday.
Transportation reform advocates shot back at Liu's statements: They said that he put the safety burden on cyclists by calling for mandatory helmets, as well as casting them in a negative light. They also claimed that he need to do more to address dangerous driving, as vehicular accidents are 356 times more likely to cause injury than bicycle-pedestrian crashes.
Now, the Department of Transportation has taken issue with Liu's charges, too.More »