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In New York, bicycle accidents happen quickly when bike lane users have to slalom between the delivery trucks that are using the lane as a parking spot. Yesterday, the NYPD took action and started to issue tickets to all delivery trucks parked on the bike lane on Columbus Ave between west 110th and west 77th street. A vitriolic article in the New York Post that implies that trucks have to double park in the middle of the Ave because of the bike lane got blasted by Streetblog that made clear that poor curb policies around the city and not bike lanes are the reason why delivery trucks are double parking everywhere including in streets with no bike lanes.

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31 Bicycle Accidents that injured cyclists have been reported since 1995 on Bond Street in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, NY. Everyday close to 400 bicyclists use this road as a downton-bound connection to Brooklyn’s offices and the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. To protect bicycle users from future accidents, the New York City Department of Transportation proposed the creation of a five foot wide bikers-only lane except between Third and Douglass streets and between Wyckoff and Schermerhorn streets, where it morphs into a shared lane for cars and bike riders. The proposal was presented by the NYC DOT to the Community Board’s transportation committee last week and was received positively. The full community board’s vote is scheduled for March 12th.

Read more in the Brooklyn Paper

Click here to download the NYC DOT presentation.

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Pedro%20Satiago%20with%20bicycle.jpgPedro Santiago who recently died in a bicycle accident during which he was struck by a bus was more than the usual anonymous face of a bicycle delivery man traversing the streets of NYC.

The New York Times wrote an excellent obituary about this gregarious former bicycle delivery man who had become friends with his clients and was reading Dostoevsky and Cervantes in two languages during his downtime.

Read the complete Obituary here

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To prevent Bicycle Accidents on the Bergen Street bike lane, NYPD officers including CO Deputy Inspector Michael Ameri were spotted shoveling the bike lane of the 78th precinct in NYC.

Even though it is extremely cold in New York, people are still riding bicycles, especially the restaurant delivery crews who are bringing food to the many New Yorkers who choose to stay home because of the inclement weather.

Read more in Streetblog.org

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45 year old Pedro Santiago died in a bicycle accident this week-end in Harlem, New York. The bicyclist was trying to pass an MTA bus when the driver pulled out of the bus stop and struck him. Pedro Santiago fell on the street and the bus ran over him. He died at the hospital from severe head and body injuries.

This is the first fatal bicycle accident in New York this year. There are more than 3,600 bicycle accidents in NYC every year and last year 17 people died after being involved in a bicycle accident in the city (see our previous blog). Most bicycle accidents happen when a motor vehicle fails to yield the right of way or suddenly makes a left turn into the path of a cyclist. In this case the Bus was pulling out of of a Bus stop. All too often bus drivers, who are forced to work long ours are not attentive to Bicyclists and pedestrians. We do not yet know the facts as to this accident. Since there was a fatality the accident will be intenively reconstructed by The N.Y.P.D. Collision Investigation Squad, formerly known as The Accident Investigation Squad.

Read more about this bicycle accident in the New York Post

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The epidemic number of wrongful death related to pedestrians and bicyclists hit by vehicles reached a new high on Wednesday night as 4 people were killed in an half an hour time span in New York City. A man who was riding his bike in Queens died after being hit by a truck whose driver fled. A an 88-year-old woman crossing Ave. C in Manhattan was killed after being struck by a Con Ed truck and two women were killed when a car hit them as they crossed Forest Hill Road in Staten Island.

Read more in the New York Daily News

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free%20helmet.jpgIn order to prevent bicycle injury and make streets safer, the New York City Department of transportation has been distributing free helmets to New Yorkers for the last seven years. This Saturday the DOT will give its 100,000th helmet at at this weekend’s Atlantic Antic in Brooklyn.
Read more here .

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An 11 year old bicyclist was struck and dragged under the rear of MTA bus yesterday in Cypress Hills in Brooklyn, New York. The boy was taken to Brookdale Hospital with traumatic injuries to his rib cage and lower body and was later transferred to New York – Presbyterian Columbia Hospital. The bus driver never saw the bicyclist who, according to investigators may have ridden into the back of the bus.

Watch the video 11-Year-Old Boy on Bike Seriously Hurt in MTA Bus Accident

Last year in New York, 40 bicyclists were struck by MTA buses, according to MTA statistics. This is a sad reminder of how dangerous it is for bicyclists to ride near buses. If you or your children ride a bike in the city please make sure to observe the following basic safety rules:

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A taxi jumped a curb yesterday in New York City at Rockefeller Center stricking a British tourist and severing her left leg and severely injuring the other. Her foot was recovered at the scene and doctors at Bellevue Hospital tried in vain to reattach it. The 24-year-old cab driver, Faysal Kabir Mohammad Himon of Queens lost the control of his car during a road-rage duel with a bike messenger. Himon who has a hack license but wasn’t authorized to drive the cab had a history of negligent driving. He was previously involved in a car accident injuring one person in 2010 and had many traffic violation on his record.

For more see Daily News

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A 68 year old man was riding his bike on Sixth Ave in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York when he was hit by a truck. After the accident, the driver stepped out of his truck and looked around and drove away from the scene leaving the victim to die according to the New York Daily News. The driver told the police that he didn’t know that he hit anyone and that he had stopped to ask directions.

Brooklyn is New York’s deadliest place for fatal traffic accidents. In 2011 (most recent statistics available), 79 people died in car crashes in Brooklyn compared to 45 in Manhattan, 65 in the Bronx and 67 in Queens.