The Department of Transportation is responding to the increasing number of fatal bicycle accidents in Manhattan with an ambitious plan to install protected bike lanes along certain danger zones within the city. The need for some type of intervention is obvious. As the number of people who ride bicycles in New York City on a daily basis rapidly increases, so too does the number of people hurt or killed in bicycle accidents in New York.
A midday bicycle accident in Manhattan sent a young woman to the hospital after she was run into by a dump truck. The 27-year-old victim was riding a Citi Bike along Seventh Avenue in Midtown around 11:30 in the morning when she was struck by the truck. Witnesses who saw the collision said that the truck was attempting a right turn when it ran over the cyclists, leading investigators to believe this might be a case of a driver failing to yield.
Every year there are thousands of minor bicycle accidents in New York City and hundreds more that are serious enough to leave victims suffering serious and life-threatening injuries. Sadly every year an average of 15 people are killed in collisions with automobiles while riding their bikes in our city.
Police are scrambling to locate a driver after a bicyclist was killed in a hit-and-run accident involving a garbage truck earlier this week. The 27-year-old victim, identified as Neftaly Ramirez, was struck by a garbage truck near the intersection of Noble Street as he rode his bike down Franklin Street in Brooklyn. Investigators tracking this latest fatal bicycle accident in Brooklyn are considering the possibility that the driver didn't even know he had struck the bicyclist.
A fatal bicycle accident in New York City claimed the life of a 36-year old man earlier this month and was the first deadly accident involving NYC's premiere bike-sharing program Citi Bike. The accident occurred in Chelsea on Monday June 13th as Dan Hanegby, an investment banker and native from Brooklyn, was riding through the neighborhood during early morning traffic.
A devastating bicycle accident in the East Village earlier this month sent a cyclist to the hospital suffering from critical injuries. The 31-year-old woman was riding along First Avenue early on the morning of April 5th when she was struck by a delivery truck. EMTs arrived within minutes of the accident and were able to stabilize the victim, Kelly Hurley, and transport her to nearby Bellevue Hospital. Reports show she suffered head and body trauma during the collision.
New York City has a population of over 8 million people. It is therefore not surprising that the true number of bicycle and pedestrian accidents in New York City has been pretty much kept a secret. Few of these tragic accidents make headlines (only if it involves someone famous) and most remain unreported to the general public. That's why safety advocates were shocked to learn that NYC's official traffic accident data shows over 10,000 pedestrians and 4,200 bicyclists were injured in crashes last year.
A fatal afternoon bicycle accident in The Bronx claimed the life of a man riding properly in the travel lane. At roughly 12 noon, 59-year-old Jing Yin Jiang was riding his bike northbound on Broadway near West 89th Street when he was struck from behind by a box truck. Eyewitness reports show that the truck had swerved into the bicyclist's path and struck the victim, him, tossing him to the ground.
While it's true that the majority of crashes and fatal bicycle accidents in New York City involve automobiles but not every accident is caused by distracted or negligent automobile drivers. Indeed, every year dozens of individuals are injured while riding on bike paths throughout the city.