Pedestrian Injuries From Bicyclists Up 12 Percent In NYC This Year

WCBS 880 Newsroom
September 01, 2019 - 3:41 pm
Bicyclists and pedestrians in New York City

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – We often hear about bicyclists being hit by cars in New York City, but how often are pedestrians hit by cyclists?

Since 2011, more than 2,250 pedestrians have been hit by bicyclists while walking in the city. At least seven of those pedestrians were killed.

Injuries this year are up 12 percent, according to the Department of Transportation. There were 127 through June 30 of this year compared to 113 during the same period last year.

“There is a sharing of space, so the potential is always there,” said Marco Conner, with Transportation Alternatives.

He said the right of way should always go to pedestrians.

“Bicyclists as a general rule in New York City are required by law to follow the same traffic laws as motorists,” he said.

But his message is not to forget what he calls the one overwhelming cause of traffic violence: “cars and trucks.” He said pedestrians are much more likely to be hit by a vehicle than a bicycle.

Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed adding 30 more miles of bike lanes per year, but Conner said that’s not enough.

“The thing that we need most on our city streets to make them safer are more pedestrian space and more space for bicyclists, and that means protected bicycle lanes,” he said.