A recent city report revealed that traffic fatalities were down to the lowest they've been in a century—not only that, but bikers fared the best of everyone. The stats show that more than 50 percent fewer cyclists were killed last year than in 2008—12 died last year, down from 26 in '08, according to the DOT. Motorcyclists came in next, down 30 percent, and motorists died 20 percent less often, in spite of those faulty Toyotas. Poor pedestrians were the only group not to improve: 155 people died on foot in New York in 2009, four more than the year before.
Mayor Bloomberg thinks our city's streets would be even safer if more cameras were installed at traffic signals. But according to an editorial in the Daily News, the state Assembly is blocking the plan.