Mayor de Blasio speaks at a press conference on Jan. 25, 2017.
(Gardiner Anderson/for New York Daily News)
New York City’s streets are safer than ever — except for cyclists.
City officials Monday cheered Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero street safety program for driving down total traffic fatalities to a new low of 214 deaths.
Fatalities among pedestrians dropped by a third over 2017, to 101 deaths.
However, there was an increase in cyclist deaths.
Last year’s 23 fatalities among cyclists were nearly double the number of bike riders who died in 2013, the year before Vision Zero was instituted.
Still, de Blasio and NYPD officials applauded the reduction in traffic mayhem at a police garage in Woodside, Queens.
“Vision Zero is working. The lower speed limit, increased enforcement and safer street designs are all building on each other to keep New Yorkers safe,” de Blasio said in a statement. “Now we must deepen this work. Not even a single tragedy on our streets is acceptable, and we’ll keep fighting every day to protect our people.”
City officials also said there has been progress in carrying out the Vision Zero program.
Last year, under Vision Zero, the city launched 114 safety projects and installed 25 miles of protected bike lane. The NYPD handed out about 200,000 tickets to drivers who failed to yield to pedestrians and speeding, officials said.
Queens Blvd., once dubbed the city’s “Boulevard of Death,” celebrated its third year without a fatality.
Still, the gains in safety were not reflected on all modes of transportation.
Like cyclists, there was an increase in vehicle deaths — 57 people in a car died last year, up from the prior year. There were also more motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes — 33 people last year, compared to the 19 people the previous year.
Safe streets advocates nonetheless celebrated a fourth year of dropping traffic deaths.
"That fatalities have fallen for a fourth straight year in New York — at a time when traffic deaths are on the rise across the nation — is a testament to the city’s commitment to Vision Zero," said Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, a nonprofit.