New York taxi drivers have a reputation for being aggressive and fast. They can be dangerous pedestrians. After one recent taxi-pedestrian accident, however, the taxi driver is blaming the accident on another fixture of New York City street - a bike messenger.
Bicycling can be perilous. Although bicyclists helmets for protection, they have fewer protections in accidents than the unpredictable taxis, cars and trucks that they face on New York streets. Adding to the dangers are careless or distracted drivers. These dangers alone should be enough, but in some cases, bicycle riders must deal with hostile drivers as well.
Could New York City's new bicycle-sharing program, Citi Bike, lead to a spike in bicycle accidents in the coming months and years? Or, could it actually help calm traffic? The answer to these questions could affect the safety of thousands of commuters and tourists looking for a way to get around Manhattan and other boroughs. Because the program is so new, the answer depends on which expert is asked.
Newly released statistics show that Brooklyn is one of the most dangerous areas for pedestrians and people on bikes. People who live in Kings County, New York, are more likely to be involved in a fatal car accident than those in other parts of the state, with 48 deaths attributable to these car accidents. Brooklyn was also responsible for about one-third of the city's injuries sustained in a car accident for cyclists and pedestrians; nearly 5,400 people were hurt in 2012.
In a recent article, we wrote about the challenges that bicyclists face in New York City (see our discussion by clicking here). Yet, the increase in cyclists and the police department's failure to issue citations affect more than just cyclists; injuries to pedestrians caused by pedestrian-and-bike accidents are also very common.
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