While the overall traffic safety in New York City remains relatively good, the death count among bicyclists is rising.
In 2018, only ten bicyclists died on the streets of New York City, but as of writing this, 19 bicyclists have lost their lives this year already.
I do not know the major causes of all these deaths, but common sense dictates that wearing a helmet can considerably increase your chances of surviving in a traffic accident. Nevertheless, only about two-fifths of cyclists wear helmets.
Almost 22 years ago, I was injured in a hit-and-run accident while riding a bicycle on 108th Street in Queens. I suffered serious head trauma because I was not wearing a helmet.
After that accident, I contacted my elected officials asking them to write a proposal making wearing a helmet mandatory for bicyclists of all ages. Currently, only children 14 years old and younger have to wear helmets.
Unfortunately, nobody responded to my request.