‘Safer Streets Now’ Say Advocates, as Chelsea Deaths Hit Double Digits

Warm weather brings more people outside to enjoy cycling and sightseeing, but this summer’s fun has been marred by alarming rates of pedestrian and cyclist fatalities.

As of Aug. 15, there have been 70 pedestrian fatalities citywide since January—12 more deaths than this time last year. And 19 of them have happened in Chelsea, many along the high-traffic areas where Eighth Ave. crosses W. 23rd St., and where Sixth Ave. bisects W. 15th St., leaving community members to wonder whether poor street design or motorist negligence is to blame.

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