NYC Streets Blog reported recently on a motor vehicle / bicycle accident on Thursday, December 10 that led to a severe injury for a local motorcyclist, and asked why New York City Police Department officers did nothing about the incident.
The incident happened in the Second Avenue protected bike lane on the morning of Thursday, December 10 between 9:55 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). An eyewitness stated they were on the Second Avenue protected bike lane passing through the ‘pork chop’ at the 59th Street Bridge, a feature installed by the New York Department of Transportation in 2019 to separate cars and bicycles.
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The witness observed multiple bicyclists stack up while waiting for the traffic signal to change. Two cycles were headed up the protected lane. A white Tesla was attempting to turn left into a parking garage with his view obscured by an illegally parked minivan and crossed the bike lane, striking the rider of an electric Citi Bike.
The witness stated the responding NYPD officer made only a pro forma investigation of the incident and didn’t write a parking ticket for the illegally parked van or the driver that hit the cyclist. There were concerns raised about whether NYPD prioritizes bicyclist safety.