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Bicyclist Killed in Motor Vehicle Collision in East Buffalo—Part of an Alarming Trend

As reported by WKBW-TV, a bicyclist was struck by a vehicle and killed in the Emerson neighborhood of Buffalo. According to a representative from the Buffalo Police Department, the motor vehicle collision occurred shortly after midnight near the 1700 block of Bailey Avenue. No charges were filed against the driver and the accident remains under investigation. 

Bicycle accidents remain a serious public safety issue in our region. Advocates are sounding the alarm that the city can do more to protect people. Sadly, a recent fatal bicycle accident on Bailey Avenue is far from an outlier: Official data confirms that it is a dangerous stretch of road for bicyclists and pedestrians. 

Data: Over 160 Pedestrian/Bicycle Accidents on Bailey Avenue Since 2014

In response to our city’s most recent bicycle accident fatality, Buffalo-based web publication Artvoice published an important story on the long and distressing history of pedestrian and bike collisions on Bailey Avenue. For several years, bicycle safety groups and community activists have asked city officials to take action to improve the area. 

For reference, there were 120 pedestrian accidents and 41 bicycle accidents reported on Bailey Avenue from 2014 to 2019. Many of the collisions resulted in serious injuries. Tragically, there were also three reported fatalities. This makes Bailey Avenue one of the most dangerous roads for pedestrians and cyclists in Western New York. Too many accidents are happening over and over again in the same place—and many of these collisions are occurring for the same reason. 

Bicycle Safety Advocates: Lack of Crosswalks, Traffic Signals, and Bike Lanes a Problem

The East Side Bike Club and GOBIke Buffalo have long complained to local authorities that reforms are needed to improve pedestrian safety and bicycle safety along Bailey Avenue. Among other things, the groups contend that a disproportionate number of pedestrian collisions and bicycle accidents are happening on this stretch of road because: 

  • Large areas lack crosswalks; 
  • The traffic signals are outdated; 
  • The street markings are inadequate; and 
  • There are no dedicated bike lanes—despite plenty of bike traffic.    

Thus far, public safety advocates have been disappointed in the response from our local officials. While the City of Buffalo’s Department of Public Works has agreed that significant changes are needed to Bailey Avenue, the agency also says that it lacks the financial resources to make improvements in the short-term. It could be many years before Bailey Avenue is made safer for bicyclists. 

Call Our Buffalo, NY Bicycle Accident Lawyers for a Free Consultation

At Richmond Vona, LLC, our New York motor vehicle accident lawyers have the skill and expertise to handle all types of bicycle accident claims. If you or your loved one was injured in a collision, we are ready to help. For a free review of your bicycle accident injury claim, please contact our Buffalo office right away by calling (716) 300-5885. We represent injured victims throughout Western New York, including in Monroe County, Niagara County, Ontario County, and Erie County.