From the New York Post -
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September 13, 2006 -- City cyclists will soon be able to paint the town green as they cruise along hundreds of miles of new color-coded bike lanes that officials say will improve rider safety.
The city yesterday announced an ambitious plan to add 240 miles of bike lanes in conjunction with a study of the 225 cyclist fatalities and
3,462 injuries that occurred over the past decade.
"This is an aggressive plan to increase opportunities for cycling in New York City - and to make it safer," said Transportation Commissioner Iris Weinshall.
Over the next three years, the Department of Transportation will install five miles of bike lanes that are separated from the rest of the street, 150 miles of green-striped bike lanes and 45 miles of bike routes with new signage alerting drivers. The Parks Department will separately add 40 miles of new paths within the parks. The striped lanes cost $50,000 per mile to install, DOT officials said. An additional $2 million will be added to the agency's bicycle program over the next three years.
In the safety study, the city determined that all but one of the cyclist fatalities occurred outside bike lanes, and 97 percent involved riders who were not wearing helmets, according to the study.
More than 90 percent of the cyclists killed were men, with those aged
45-54 apparently at the highest risk.
"Fatalities are preventable, but every one is a tragedy." Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden said. "Accidents don't just happen.
Something doesn't go right."
Frieden attributed the propensity of men to be injured or killed to the fact that they comprise a larger percentage of the cycling population overall and are more prone toward "risk-taking behavior."