Central Park Crash Cyclist Dies Of Injuries, 20th Cyclist Death This Year
In all of 2018, there were ten bicycle fatalities on the streets of New York City. Already, that total for this year is 19. Cycling enthusiasts and advocates are calling it a crisis. Mayor Bill de Blasio agrees and has set the Department of Transportation and local city councils to work on solutions. Some of these solutions include adding more bike lanes and widening existing bike lanes. Another solution will be to allow bikes to proceed at stoplights at the same time as pedestrians. Increased enforcement of traffic laws governing both bicyclists and motorists is in effect as well.
The NYC Streets Blog reports that a 20th cyclist has died of injuries from a crash that occurred in Central Park.
43-year-old Charles Cheeseboro, a native of Harlem, died on Wednesday, August 28th, two days after the crash.
Police say that Cheeseboro was riding an e-bike in Central Park when he lost control of the bike and struck a pedestrian. He then fell off the bike and hit his head.
Police found the unconscious Cheeseboro on the East Drive near 74th Street. Nearby was a 77-year-old who had a minor injury. Investigation revealed that Cheeseboro had struck the pedestrian, lost control, and fell to the ground, where he struck his head.
Cheeseboro was taken to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where he died from his injury two days later.
The NYPD will not likely categorize Cheeseboro’s accident as among the spate of cyclist deaths. They consider e-bikes to be motorcyclists in their crash statistics.
The section of Central Park where the accident occurred is notorious for collisions between pedestrians and bicyclists as well as cars, which are only allowed along the paths when making a delivery or conducting business.