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    NY City Council Slams DOT, Pushes For Bike Safety Data

    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2010/11/...e-safety-data/


    NEW YORK (CBS 2) – After the Department of Transportation called CBS 2’s Bike Bedlam reports false, they reneged on its claim and admitted that there was a lack of bike safety data in New York City.
    Now, the New York City Council is taking steps to document accidents involving bicycles, CBS 2’s Tony Aiello reports.
    The Councils’ Transportation Committee is now considering a bill that requires the DOT and the NYPD to collect data on bikes hitting people and other bikes.

    “We cannot assess traffic safety without knowing how many accidents are caused by bicycles and where,” committee chair Jimmy Vacca said. “It’s an important part of our attempt to improve pedestrian safety in the city.”
    Critics said the city should have started collecting bike safety data before spending millions on all the new bike lanes.
    “This has been done in an abrupt and high-handed manner and again the public is paying through the nose for it,” bike safety advocate Jack Brown said.

    On Thursday, Council members slammed the transportation agency, pushing for better safety data.
    “We’re happy to keep working with the Council on all the legislation they’ve raised,” DOT member David Woloch said.
    Woloch admitted bike safety needs a lot more attention but refused to endorse a specific bill.

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    Can't evaluate the safety of bicycle facilities unless you collect the data. They should have been doing it from the start.
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    if you want to know how safe the new facilties are, you would have had to start collecting data a few years before you built the new stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by randya View Post
    if you want to know how safe the new facilties are, you would have had to start collecting data a few years before you built the new stuff
    True, now there is no good way to evaluate the relative performance of these facilities, other than collecting data for a few years, then removing the bike lanes, and collecting more data.

    Anyway how are they planning on collecting data on collisions that usually aren't reported?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertHurst View Post
    Anyway how are they planning on collecting data on collisions that usually aren't reported?
    therein lies the dilemma

    NYPD? who's calling them? and who's doin' da paypawoik?



    this is all hype in response to the backlash to the new bikelanes, it'll blow over...or not

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertHurst View Post
    True, now there is no good way to evaluate the relative performance of these facilities, other than collecting data for a few years, then removing the bike lanes, and collecting more data.

    Anyway how are they planning on collecting data on collisions that usually aren't reported?
    I would think that they apply some additional standard such as hospitalizations or so on.

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