Martin Luther King Jr: “The richer we have become materially, the poorer we become morally and spiritually. We have learned to fly in the air like birds and swim in the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers.”
In Part I, I introduced Vision Zero Apartheid, which is Vision Zero with policing in a racist society that results in the segregation of public safety. In the previous essay, I focused on the impact of white fear in echo chambers on immigrant delivery workers and their e-bikes. In Part II below, I write about the policing of immigrant delivery workers and e-bikes.
Police Officers on Every Corner
At one point in our combative conversation that I wrote about in Part I, Howard Yaruss (former Transportation Committee co-chair of Community Board 7 in the Upper West Side) suggested that he wanted police officers on every corner because of delivery workers.
I was flabbergasted at this suggestion. Aside from the blatant racism in wanting NYC to waste staggering resources to place police on every corner to target delivery workers and their e-bikes, NYC’s own collision and injury/fatality data shows no evidence of danger by delivery worker use of e-bikes. Simply put, e-bike riders in NYC have struck and killed zero people. Continue reading