There has been a great deal of debate in New York City lately, as efforts have been increased to encourage citizens to choose alternatives methods of getting around. This has led to a huge increase in the number of bicyclists and pedestrians in the city which has led to an increase in the number of vehicle collisions involving drivers who are unprepared for it.
In some cases the city has turned entire street lanes into bicycle lanes, and made some areas for pedestrians only. This has frustrated drivers who seem themselves as being unfairly targeted by a city which doesn’t appreciate that they are driving because they “have to” not because they want to.
In the meantime, pedestrians and bicyclists are finding themselves on the wrong end of cars more and more often, with little or no punishments being handed out to drivers, some of whom actually strike pedestrians walking on the sidewalk.
Until the city finds a way to better protect pedestrians and ensure their safety, New York might not be the best place to take a walk–anywhere.