it would be difficult to find a bicycle deliveryman in new york city who doesn’t know the story of edwin vicente ajacalon, recently detailed in the new york times. he was a 14-year-old boy who lived in the city for about a year, having come to the united states from rural guatemala, where he had finished sixth grade and helped his parents work in the fields.
he worked as a deliveryman for various brooklyn restauraunts, living with roommates in a small apartment in sunset park, brooklyn. during his free time, he played soccer in the park, listened to guatemalan pop and talked about he day when he’d return home and build a house for his family.
he was struck and killed by a bmw sedan last november.
what will it take to make our city streets safe for cyclists and pedestrians? as long as bicyclists are near motorists, even in “protected bike lanes,” there is significant danger.
let me be clear here. i think we must dramatically transform our streetscape in boston, new york, and all our cities. cars and bicycles should travel on separate streets. cars should go slower than 25 mph on city streets when they are near pedestrians (see below, from the boston globe).
this will require bold political leadership and i don’t know if we are going to get that from mayor marty walsh here in boston and governor charlie baker here in massachusetts. am i upset about the dangerousness of our streets?
what do you think? please leave a reply below.