Why Bicycle Deaths in New York City Are at a 23-Year High

Last year was the deadliest year for cyclists in New York City since 1999, according to new data from the city’s Department of Transportation. Most of the 30 cyclists who died in 2023 were riding electric bikes, which have proliferated on city streets in recent years. A total of 23 people died riding e-bikes, which is more than double the previous record for e-bike fatalities…

There was one factor that contributed to last year’s spike in e-bike deaths that may suggest a shifting dynamic on the road: nearly a third of the e-bike riders who died crashed or fell without any apparent interference from a vehicle or pedestrian…

Solo bike accidents are not a new phenomenon, but the seven e-bike riders who died this way last year represent a significant increase over previous years, said Vincent Barone, the press secretary for the Department of Transportation.

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