Safety advocates say a simple truck retrofit could start saving bicyclists’ lives immediately, but there’s no state or federal push to make the reform.On a July afternoon in New Orleans last year, Philip Geeck was riding his bicycle in a marked bike lane on a busy street. Approaching an intersection, he came up alongside a tractor-trailer truck hauling a tank of chemicals. Geeck, 52, was at the 18-wheeler’s midpoint when suddenly, without signaling, the truck began to turn right, witnesses say.
Six cyclists dead in NYC: where are the most dangerous spots for bikes? Especially at New York City startup companies, staffers are encouraged to ride their bikes to work, and the Citi Bike program is going strong, but a new study finds that bicycles are far and away the most dangerous vehicles to be on if you’re involved in a traffic collision.
A robust turnout at a recent rally indicates progress in terms of public awareness and support. On Monday morning, 35-year-old Alejandro Moran-Marin became the latest person to die when hit by a driver on the streets of New York City. Moran-Marin was riding his bike near the busy intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues in Brooklyn when he was reportedly hit by Claudio Rodriguez, 37. According to witness accounts, Rodriguez had rear-ended another vehicle before crossing the yellow line to collide with Moran-Marin, dragging his bicycle under the SUV’s wheels and killing him on the spot.
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NEW YORK – A woman is still recovering in the hospital after being struck by a bicyclist last week. Police are still looking for the man on the bike who didn’t stop. But many say this isn’t just an isolated incident, CBS2’s Alice Gainer reported.
A bicycle helmet funded on Indiegogo aims to make commuting to work even more convenient – and a lot less bulky. “The Morpher” is designed to fold flat, making it easier to carry around than a traditional helmet. And while cyclists will still deal with its heft, it beats having to lug around a helmet and a bag all at once.
Every two hours in New York City, someone is killed or seriously injured when hit by a car or truck. As CBS2 Political Reporter Marcia Kramer reported exclusively Friday, the city is trying to educate municipal drivers using a video with stories of pedestrians mowed down in crosswalks, hit-and-run accidents, and a bicyclist killed by a truck. It amounts to a “Scared Straight” program for motorists.
The United States saw a nearly 62 percent increase in bicycle commuting between 2000 and 2013. But when it comes to reporting crashes between bikes and motor vehicles, police departments around the country are still using incident forms designed for an earlier era.
A DOT plan to add pedestrian space and create a two-way protected bikeway along a key half-mile stretch of Bruckner Boulevard received a unanimous thumbs-up from Bronx Community Board 2’s economic development committee Wednesday night.
BY ZACH WILLIAMS | Seniors who attended a bike safety forum on Dec. 8 were quick to indicate their desire for increased scrutiny of cyclists, as efforts continue to improve traffic safety in Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen.
Elevated bikeways in New York City would serve the needs of bicyclists, drivers, and pedestrians alike.
In between classes, University Avenue is like New York during the lunch hour, minus a few hundred cars. The amount of students crossing intersections between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. is substantial.
My state senator joined the chorus of the bikelash — yes, there is a name for the mouth-frothing, torch-bearing rabid behavior some New Yorkers display when confronted by women on slow blue bicycles who couldn’t go over 10 miles an hour if we tried — when she joked on Facebook about screaming profanities out her car window at riders who are far more at risk from her than she is from them.
Crashing into a suddenly open car door is one of the biggest dangers to cyclists; every vehicle you pass is a potential IED that could pop off at any moment, with the potential to send you fatally tumbling into oncoming traffic. One Manhattan cyclist with a helmet camera recently captured a visceral look at what it’s like to get doored, as well as the aftermath. Skip ahead to the 30 second mark:
Five Daily News reporters dispatched across Manhattan and Brooklyn rang up a 90% success rate in renting the bikes. There was an even better mark — 92% — for successful returns, though parking them was a pothole-sized pain at seven stops. Overall, the glitches were mostly minor: trouble with credit or debit card readers, no receipts, or faulty touch screens.
Statistics gathered from 1996-2005 show that 97% of all cyclists who died in a traffic accident were not using a helmet.
Last week, New York City began its long-awaited bicycle sharing program, the largest in the nation. As in many other cities, helmet use was made optional, in part to encourage greater participation.
Using New York City’s bike-share program on Sunday was a frustrating series of glitches for Barbara and Jose Torres: unlocking codes that didn’t release bikes, a flat tire and stations that simply didn’t work.
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There is a hopeful prediction, kicking around in cycling circles as New York City’s bike-share program nears its introduction to a skeptical public: Soon enough, the thinking goes, the scheme will prove so popular that New Yorkers will insist they invented it.
New York City launches its much-hyped bike-share program on Memorial Day. With 6,000 bikes, it will be one of the biggest in the world, overtaking that in Washington, D.C., among others. But it also is part of a much bigger phenomenon; the number of programs world-wide is exploding, reaching into much smaller communities and spurring other changes.
The New York City Department of Transportation now employs crossing guards for bicycle lanes and pedestrian malls. These street safety managers are to help with pedestrian safety as the city bicycle rental program begins Memorial Day.
The bikes aren’t even on the street yet, but New York businesses are planning for the launch of bike share later this month.
When the city’s first bike-share program prepares to kick off next month, NYC will take it to the next level as a formidably bike-friendly town, to the joy of many (and chagrin of a few). And while CitiBike aims to be a commuters’ tool over a recreational one, there are plenty of long, spectacular and scenic rides in and around the city to remind you that sometimes the best part of going from point A to point B is the journey itself, especially when that journey doesn’t involve spending a lot of time underground with this guy. Here are a few of our favorite rides; as always, leave yours in the comments.
Walk up to any of the new Citi Bike stations throughout Brooklyn and there is no doubt a small group stopping to check it out. For the most part the flashy new bike sharing docks are met with excitement. There are some installations, however – especially in historic districts — which have residents and businesses upset and feeling left out of the planning process.