Bikes not the only danger to pedestrians
To the Editor:
In advance of the Tenants Association meeting covered by the recent article “Bikes still a primary concern for ST/PCV residents” (Town & Village, June 6), I consulted NYC’s Open Data concerning collisions and injuries; this data is available to anyone. I used what I found to inform my remarks at the meeting, and I was disappointed that the article didn’t mention those remarks.
The data available on that website comes from NYPD and reaches back in time as far as July 1, 2012.
I conducted two searches covering all of zip codes 10003, 10009, and 10010 from that date through the latest date for which there is data available, April 30, 2019. I found 48 instances involving one or more bikes and no other vehicles, in which instances at least one pedestrian was at least injured. (There were no fatalities, only two instances on First Avenue, and no instances on 20th Street.)
Then I completely removed bikes from the formula, leaving in other types of vehicles, and ran the same search. I found over 1,400 instances in which at least one pedestrian was at least injured. (I encourage anyone interested to check and critique the quality of my analysis. And as anyone using the site will see, there are ambiguities in the data.)
As one neighbor pointed out, it’s possible that a pedestrian injured by a cyclist might choose not to report the incident to police. I respectfully point out that that’s conjecture next to officially compiled data, but let’s engage in it anyway, and triple the bike-on-ped injuries, to 150. The ratio is still dramatic.
Like all of my neighbors, I want fewer pedestrians injured. Unlike many of my neighbors, I see that focusing narrowly on bikes is a woefully inefficient way of pursuing that goal.
David Dartley, ST
MCIs vs. rent freeze programs
Re: “Time to end runaway MCIs,” op-ed, T&V, June 6
Thanks to Messers Epstein, Hoylman and Powers for their thorough rundown on MCIs. But I fear they didn’t address whether those who are currently or soon may be on SCRIE or DRIE are charged MCI increases or not. Thanks in advance.
Billy Sternberg, ST
Editor’s note: We have confirmed with Council Member Keith Powers’ office that tenants in both rent freeze programs are exempt from having to pay increases, including MCIs, that are implemented after they enter the program.