6TH AVENUE BIKE LANE
RIGHT OF WAY INSTALLED A GUERRILLA BIKE LANE WHERE BRITISH TOURIST SIAN GREEN WAS MAIMED BY CURB-JUMPING CAB IN ALTERCATION WITH CYCLIST
Right of Way, a direct action street justice organization, installed a bike lane on 6th Avenue from 42nd St to 59th St where the city had failed to do so, which helped lead to the crash that maimed Sian Green
New York, NY – On September 21st, 2013, Right of Way installed a bike lane on 6th Avenue from 42nd St to 59th St. Until then, the bicycle lane that runs north on 6th Avenue terminated at 42nd, causing car and bicycle traffic to merge into one lane. This infrastructure contributed to dangerous interactions among drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
On Thursday morning, August 22nd, cab driver Mohammed Himon drove onto the sidewalk on this stretch of 6th Ave when he said he intentionally stepped on the gas because he had gone blind with rage during an altercation with a cyclist. On the sidewalk, Himon ran over pedestrian Sian Green, severing her leg.
“A bike lane on these last 17 blocks to central park could have prevented this crash and countless others,” said Keegan Stephan, organizer with Right of Way. “Just one block away in Times Square we have seen that traffic-calming infrastructure saves lives. The city knew exactly what was needed to prevent crashes like this, but since they would not install it, we did. If someone had done this sooner, Sian Green would probably still have her leg.”