By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 8, 2007
Cyclists gathered yesterday to honor those who died while riding their bicycles in 2006, visiting each of 14 sites where riders are known to have been killed. After the journey ended in Downtown Manhattan next to the Memorial for Unknown Cyclists, speakers called for safer streets, harsher penalties for reckless motorists and improved crash reporting by city agencies. Cycling deaths reported in 2006 dropped by 10 from the year before, but organizers said they were concerned that the official tally might be inaccurate. The cityâ€™s Department of Transportation said it was the Police Departmentâ€™s responsibility to report such traffic accidents. The Police Department said its statistics on bicycle accidents were up to date and consistent with the number of calls involving injured cyclists to which it responded.