The fatal bicycle accident in Queens that claimed the life of a 65-year-old man was the 25th such crash in New York City this year alone. The accident happened on October 14th at the intersection of Cross Bay Boulevard and East 4th Road in the Broad Channel section of Queens. The cyclists was struck and killed by a car, the driver of which apparently failed to see the victim. The driver of the car stayed on scene and was not charged with any crimes but it is unclear whether or not charges might be filed at a later date.
A potentially-fatal bicycle accident in New York City earlier this month has resulted in the arrest of an off duty firefighter. The individual (who was later identified as an FDNY firefighter) was caught on video apparently intentionally trying to drive his vehicle into a bicyclist on the West Side Highway in Manhattan on June 6th. The disturbing incident happened at the intersection of 24th Street and 12th Avenue and apparently stemmed from an argument between the two individuals. Eyewitness testimony states that the cyclist had likely snapped a photo of the vehicle after it narrowly missed striking him, initiating the entire argument.
A fatal bicycle accident in New York City month left an elderly cyclist dead. The victim, a 72-year-old, was struck by an uncaring and reckless driver on Eighth Avenue around 6 in the morning on February 4th. The crash happened near the intersection with 45th Street.
So far this year has been a bad one for bicyclists in New York. The number of bicycle accidents in New York City in the first 30 days of 2019 has already topped 191. That figure is 20% higher than the number of bicycle accidents in New York over the same time frame last year. If this trend continues, 2019 could be the most dangerous year in recent history for cyclists in New York.
A fatal truck accident in Brooklyn earlier this month has left a bicyclist dead. The hit and run accident happened late on the night of December 14th. The cyclist was traveling eastbound down Pitkin Avenue in a bike lane when a delivery truck failed to yield while making a right turn. The truck struck the cyclists, dragging the man for several feet, and then drove away as if nothing had happened.
The number of bicycle accidents in New York City isn't dropping like City planners hoped it would. Engineers have spent thousands of hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars making supposed improvements to traffic flow all over the City in order to decrease the risk to pedestrians and bicyclist but statistics clearly show that all these changes are having little to no net effect. People are still being struck and injured or even killed by careless, reckless, or negligent drivers all over New York.
A new study published in Accident Analysis & Prevention (a professional trade journal) found that over 600 kids were injured in bike accidents every day in The United States. On a more local level, that translates into hundreds of children injured in bicycle accidents in New York City every year. A significant portion of those accidents involve kids being hit by automobiles while riding in NYC.
The number of people being hurt on by motorists on city streets is not decreasing-even as the city sinks hundreds of thousands of dollars into various "safety improvements" around NYC. In fact, new stats show that the number of bicycle and pedestrian accidents in New York is actually on the rise.
A man injured in a bicycle accident in Queens is suing the NYPD. The man was riding his bicycle along 43rd Avenue when an unmarked police car pulled up behind him. The officers in the car attempted to pull the man over but in the process the patrol car struck his bicycle and the man was thrown to the ground.
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.