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New Citi Bike Stickers Warn of Truck Blind Spots
Posted By Stephen Miller On August 21, 2013 @ 12:19 pm In Bike Sharing,Street Safety,Trucks | 5 Comments
With more than two million rides  and only a handful of reported crashes, bike-share in New York appears to be putting together an impressive safety record . In London and Paris, fatal bike-share crashes, while very rare, have mostly involved large vehicles like buses and trucks.
When Citi Bike launched, the “Bike Smart” brochure sent to all annual members included information about truck blind spots , and DOT regularly hosts demonstrations (including at Summer Streets) using its dump trucks to educate the public about blind spots, but Nicole Gelinas argued that Citi Bike should do more  to warn its users of the risks posed by large trucks.
Now, as noted by commenter qrt145  and documented by Doug Gordon  of Brooklyn Spoke, stickers have been appearing on some Citi Bike handlebars with a warning: “Trucks have large blind spots. Give them extra room.”
While a better solution — for pedestrians  as well as cyclists — would be to make the trucks themselves safer by designing trucks with fewer blind spots , requiring crossover mirrors , and enforcing the city’s permit requirements  for large trucks, this is at least a good step in helping bike-share users be aware of the dangers large trucks pose on city streets.
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 Image: http://www.streetsblog.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/citi_bike_truck_sticker.jpg
 Brooklyn Spoke/Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrooklynSpoke/status/368362247300456448
 more than two million rides: http://www.streetsblog.org/2013/08/15/citi-bike-hit-two-million-trips-on-sunday-thats-a-lot/
 impressive safety record: http://www.streetsblog.org/2013/07/03/the-citi-bike-story-no-ones-talking-about-only-three-injuries-in-500000-rides/
 included information about truck blind spots: http://www.streetsblog.org/2013/05/22/citi-bike-member-packets-include-cycling-near-trucks-safety-tips/
 Nicole Gelinas argued that Citi Bike should do more: http://www.streetsblog.org/2013/05/21/gelinas-responds-to-komanoff-on-bike-share-safety/
 noted by commenter qrt145: http://www.streetsblog.org/2013/08/21/todays-headlines-1704/#comment-1010455114
 pedestrians: http://www.streetsblog.org/2013/03/07/questions-remain-about-illegal-trucks-after-amar-diarrassoubas-death/
 designing trucks with fewer blind spots: http://www.streetsblog.org/2013/03/21/london-cycling-group-proposes-a-safer-urban-truck/
 crossover mirrors: http://www.streetsblog.org/2012/12/17/mirror-law-loopholes-keep-city-pedestrians-at-risk-from-large-trucks/
 enforcing the city’s permit requirements: http://www.streetsblog.org/2013/08/02/nyc-has-laws-restricting-big-trucks-on-city-streets-are-companies-obeying/
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