The accident occurred at night last week in the Bronx. A 46 year-old cyclist was riding his bike through the intersection of Dudley and Edison Avenues in Pelham Bay when a driver blew the stop sign and slammed into him. A video surveillance first shows the driver taking off. He then returned to the scene of the accident, took a look at the victim who was suffering critical injury and took off again. The victim was found by EMS and rushed to the hospital. (Read more in the Daily News)
Bicycle accidents injuries in the Bronx have been on the rise during this period of the year compared to the same period last year. According to the most recent NYPD traffic statistics, 17 people were injured in bicycle accidents in the Bronx during the week of April 5 to April 11 compared to 2 during the same week a year earlier. Last years numbers were much lower because the city was observing the Covid19 lock-down and the streets were mostly empty. The same can be said when looking at statistics on a 4 week basis. 54 people were injured in Bronx bicycle accidents between March 14 and April 11 2021 compared to 20 for the same period a year earlier.
Bicyclists in the Bronx are facing some of the most dangerous riding conditions in the city
While mayor de Blasio has been advocating for people using their bike and City Bike expanded its bike share program in the Bronx, only 3% of all New York City protected bike lanes have been installed in the Bronx compared to 50% in Manhattan. Last year was particularly bloody for Bronx cyclists with several of them dying and many more getting injured in traffic accidents.