Bicycle accidents in New York City are on the rise, according to some sources.This is despite measures taken to redesign streets and implement safety measures for cyclists and pedestrians. A recent fatal bicycle accident on the Upper West Side shows the challenge of keeping New York's bicycle riders safe.
A 13-year-old boy was hit at Columbus Avenue and 77th Street last week when he turned from the crosswalk. But this is simply the most recent tragedy in a growing list of injuries and fatalities resulting from bicycle accidents in the city. Some are high profile, like the accident that injured musician Bono last fall. Others happen with barely a whimper, like the crash that recently killed the child as he rode home from school.
Then there are other types of accidents - those caused by bicyclists themselves. A lengthy article last fall in the New Yorker discussed some of the issues raised by accidents between cyclists and pedestrians. There were 309 pedestrian-bicycle accidents in 2013, according to the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT). This represented an increase of almost 29 percent over the previous year.