A Man who was seriously injured in a e-bike accident near the Queens-Midtown tunnel on Saturday November 28th died from his injuries, the NYPD announced on Tuesday. 28 year old Jakir Hossain from the Bronx was riding an electrical bike on East 38th Street, Saturday November 28th around 8:45 pm when he was struck by the driver of a Rolls Royce convertible travelling North on Tunnel Exit Street. The cyclist was ejected from his bike and suffered multiple trauma to his head and his body. He was transported to the hospital where he died from his injuries after more than a week of pain and suffering.
The 30 year old driver of the Rolls Royce was not charged. The investigation is still ongoing. The report mentions that the driver had the green light . Tunnel Exit Street is notoriously dangerous. Drivers are speeding and visibility is bad. Last year 17 crashes were reported on this short street segment.
The death of Jakir Hossain once again demonstrates that while more and more people are riding bicycles in New York City, many streets of the city are still extremely dangerous to ride and more should be done to protect cyclists. Read more in Street Blog
Friendbank for #Bridges4people
Street safety advocates such as Transportation Alternatives are constantly reminding the mayor that not enough is being done to protect cyclists and pedestrians. Tonight at 7:00 pm Transportation Alternatives is organizing a #bridgesforpeople Friendbank on zoom to reach out to New Yorkers to sign the Bridges 4 People petition. Bridges between Manhattan and Brooklyn have recently seen an increase in pedestrian and cyclists traffic while the number of cars crossing these bridges is declining. On some bridges such as the Queensborough bridge, pedestrians and cyclists have to share the same path and are just separated by a line on the ground. The pedestrian and cyclist traffic is sometimes so heavy that people can not even proprely social distance. A line on the ground is also increasing the risk of collision between pedestrians and cyclists. Transportation Alternatives is asking the mayor to reduce car lines and increase pedestrian and cyclists space.