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From yesterday's NYT:

As of Monday, though, after more than five months and five million trips, none of the program’s riders have been killed on the bikes. About two dozen injuries, most of them minor, have been reported.

Last year, according to the city’s Transportation Department, 18 cyclists were killed in car crashes from January through October, compared with 10 so far this year, though citywide, cyclist injuries have remained consistent. There was one cyclist death this year in the neighborhoods served by the bike-share program, in parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn, though the cyclist was not riding a Citi Bike. Over the same period last year, there were two bike deaths in these areas.

And while sidewalk cyclists, red-light-running cyclists and “salmoning” cyclists — those who ride against traffic — remain a daily scourge for many New York pedestrians, no one has been killed by a cyclist in the city since 2009.

The administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has attributed the good fortune to “safety in numbers,” arguing that the increase in bike ridership, even before the introduction of the bike-share program, has heightened drivers’ awareness of cyclists and affected their behavior.

“This notion of blood on the streets has not proven out,” Janette Sadik-Khan, the transportation commissioner, said in an interview.



Illustration for article titled 5 MONTHS OF NYC BIKESHARE AND NO ONE DIED!

Btw, who's that cool kid?

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