T.A. Statement on Fatal Crash in Central Park

Statement of Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives:

"Transportation Alternatives is saddened by the senseless death of Jill Tarlov, and our thoughts are with her family.

Last Thursday’s fatal crash in Central Park is again focusing much-needed attention on the imperative to safeguard pedestrians’ legal right of way and the mandate for bicyclists and drivers to exercise due care. We hope that information learned in the NYPD investigation into this incident, including the cyclist’s speed as he approached Ms. Tarlov, will inform the city’s response, as it should in every fatal or serious-injury crash.

In the interest of safety, let us also bear in mind that the epidemic of pedestrian injuries and fatalities caused by motor vehicles is orders of magnitude greater than the problem of reckless cycling. As the tragic stories from crash victims’ families remind us, thousands of New Yorkers are killed or seriously injured each year by motorists who drive too fast and fail to yield to pedestrians and cyclists.

We call upon the NYPD and district attorneys to use the new Vision Zero tools at their disposal – such as the new law in Section 19-190, which enables authorities to charge vehicle operators who strike pedestrians or cyclists who have the right of way."