Cyclist Strikes Continue To Rise This Year
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has called the recent increase in bicycle accidents a “crisis.” In 2018, there were a total of 10 bicyclists killed by vehicles on New York City streets. So far in 2019, there have been 19 cyclists killed. This prompted a number of protests, including a “die-in” protest where hundreds of cyclists laid down that occurred in July. In response to the increasing number of deaths, the Department of Transportation is looking at a number of solutions. These solutions include allowing bicyclists to use the “walk” signal that is used for pedestrians. They are also considering adding more bicycle lanes and stricter enforcement of traffic laws.
ABC 7 New York reports that another cyclist was struck after New York City saw 3 bicycle accidents in one day.
On Wednesday, August 14th, a bicyclist was struck by a vehicle at the Citi Bike stand near Whitehall Street and Walter Street in Manhattan. This accident came just a day after 3 separate bicycle accidents in New York City in one afternoon.
The victim was taken to a hospital and treated for a laceration to his face.
One of the cyclists in the accidents the day before was struck by an MTA bus in Midtown. Just before that accident, a cyclist reported getting logged under a fire truck in Brooklyn. Prior to that, on the Upper East Side, a cyclist was hit by a motorist who was attempting to make a turn.
The deaths of cyclists, 19 so far, are just a fraction of the accidents and injuries that are occurring on New York streets.
According to the New York Police Department, the speed of the driver will determine if he is facing any charges.