Cycling Collisions with Pedestrians on the Rise in NYC

Posted on October 1, 2019 · Posted in General

Amid a recent surge in bicyclist and vehicle accidents in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio has added nearly 100 miles of dedicated lanes for cyclists to prevent collisions. However, little has been done to address the dangers that cyclists pose to pedestrians.

According to the City Department of Transportations, bicyclists have injured more than 2,250 pedestrians, including at least 7 fatalities, since 2011. This year alone, injuries are up 12 percent and two pedestrians have been killed. On July 31, Michael Collopy, a 60-year-old Chelsea resident, was fatally injured by a bicyclist, who fled the scene after the collision. On April 24, Donna Strum, 67, was also struck by a cyclist and later died as a result of a skull fracture.

Who is at fault?

Legally, cyclists have a duty of care they must adhere to when riding. A cyclist could be found negligent for an accident for any of the following reasons:

  • Running a stop sign or red light
  • Riding an unsafe or poorly maintained bike
  • Using a cell phone while riding
  • Riding under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Failing to yield the right of way
  • Not obeying directional or traffic control road markings
  • Not having proper lighting while riding at night

On the other hand, pedestrians also have a duty of care. Common examples of pedestrian negligence include:

  • Not using marked pedestrian crossroads
  • Ignoring traffic signals at intersections
  • Not walking in designated areas such as sidewalks
  • Crossing roadways despite oncoming traffic
  • Intoxication

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