April 11, 2019 By Meghan Sackman
A cyclist was struck by a truck this morning on the border of Woodside and Maspeth and was taken to hospital in critical condition.
The crash took place in the vicinity of 69th Street and Maurice Avenue at around 7:40 a.m., according to police.
When police arrived on the scene, they discovered a critically injured 32-year-old Hispanic man. He was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital.
The truck driver remained on the scene and police say no criminality was involved.
The investigation remains ongoing.
It’s not really a revelation. Cyclists are human beings. Some human beings are a-holes. That goes for cyclists, drivers, and pedestrians.
The discrepancy isn’t that some cyclists are jerks, but people acting like ALL cyclists are jerks, but not applying that same logic to anyone else.
Bikers are a menace. Just because they don’t kill more people doesn’t change the fact that they injure many people. An injury is an injury. Bicycle riders need to obey the rules of the road. I bet many injuries go unreported because it’s ‘only’ a bike. A red light has meaning, STOP. Just because you are driving a toy doesn’t mean you get to flaunt the law
You sound like a nice person who carefully weighs all available data before taking a position.
I’m sorry to hear that but seriously, EVERYONE is responsible for safety no matter what you use for transportation. Just because you have the right of way by law doesn’t mean that you should risk your life because of that right. I may be a pedestrian but I’d rather be late than dead by the hands of some other careless person. EVERYONE needs to be responsible for safety.
I’m sure it was the bicyclist’s fault. He was trying to damage the truck.
Very sad to hear that a bicyclist is in critical condition. But wait this is what happens when you are on the road if you don’t want to get hit than walk. This is JVB fault again also i agree with one of the comments where are the stats for when a bicycle person hits a pedestrian???? If a bicycle ever hit me or one of my love ones be a sad day for the bicyclist person lol
Would you rather be hit by a car or a bike at 25 mph?
Would you rather breathe directly behind a vehicle? (and let’s face it 95%+ are not electric).
These are rhetorical questions.
So why all the bicycle bashing?
You should be thanking us for keeping the air clean and one less two ton vehicle on the road.
Do you really enjoy exhaust from automobiles?
Your thinking is obviously misguided.
Please do us all a favor and improve your education.
Whatever formal schooling you’ve received was clearly unsatisfactory.
You are part of the problem, not the solution.
You can see and hear a car coming! You sometimes can’t see or hear a bike, no matter what speed. When they come up from behind you, I’ll be sure to light a candle in your memory.
Sorry to hear it. However, how come we never hear stats of bicyclists’ collisions with pedestrians? I am told this is because the DOT doesn’t keep figures on it.
The DOT collects pedestrian deaths by bike collision. You can read their data here: https://www1.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/nycdot-pedestrian-fatalities-by-bike-motor-vehicle.pdf
Let’s be honest. Some cyclists are dicks, it’s true. But cyclists, at their worst, are far less dangerous than automobiles. I think you know that.
I’ve rarely seen anyone as irate and insensible as when behind the wheel of a car. Myself included.
Dear Carbie… Thank you for acknowledging the fact that some bicyclists are aholes.
You were misinformed.
DOT relies on NYPD numbers and they release them annually. The latest yearly numbers are from 2017 when 315 pedestrians were injured by cyclists (one died). For reference 10,561 pedestrians were injured by cars where 106 died.
Going further back to 2016. 311 pedestrians were injured by cyclists (none died) and 10,775 were injured by cars where 148 died.
Going even further back to 2013. 316 pedestrians were injured by bikes with 3 deaths (the highest yearly total in decades). 12,679 pedestrians were injured by cars with 177 deaths.
The numbers show a trend. Our streets are getting safer for pedestrians. The best thing we can do is install road diets like the ones we have in Sunnyside to decrease vehicle speeds, increase visibility, and make travel safer across modes.
When presented with facts like these the obvious reaction is that cyclist incidents are underreported, which may be true, but many incidents between cyclists and pedestrians end up with no injuries and are not reported (as are non-injury inicidents with pedestrians and cars). This is why it’s so disgraceful when anti-cycling groups like queens streets for all post up warnings to scare their followers that cyclists may hit children or elderly. It happens, sure, but it’s very rare. It’s much much more likely that children or the elderly, or cyclists like the one in this article, will be hit or killed by cars, albeit less likely on the #saferkillman they so bitterly want to remove.
Hope this cyclist makes a full recovery.
DOTs (DeBlasio) stats are quite convenient except that other media outlets reported an uptick in pedestrian fatalities. How about enforcing jay walking laws?
What sats? post them.
And how many bikes and autos were on the roads those years, please. Then the numbers would make more sense. I read that a biker ran into a 4 year old on a shared path in Manhattan. Speed.
Here are the numbers you requested:
In 2017 over 800,000 people in NYC rode bikes regularly (this doesn’t include those who only ride occasionally). There were 1.4 million cars.
If they both caused the same rate of injuries, then there would be 1.7 killed/injured by car for every 1 killed/injured by bike.
Using the numbers he cited the rate of injury by car was actually 33x bikes, and the rate of death was over 100x bikes. A huge difference from 1.7.
Last week there was video of a car hitting a 14 year old in a crosswalk who actually went flying into the cross traffic (miraculously she was ok). But that video is just that. ONE car hitting ONE pedestrian, just like that story of yours. That’s why anecdotal evidence is meaningless. Data is what matters.
Your numbers are B.S. First define regularly. While there may be 800,000 people in NYC who ride a bike once a year or more only 3 % of new yorkers ever ride a bike on a nyc street. or 240,00 out of 8.5 million. 100% of new yorkers ride a cab or bus far more often than that. Accidents where bike riders hit pedestrians are under reported by DOT ER’s and hospitals treat over 1000 pedestrian injuries from bike collisions annually in nyc. Much truer indication as bike riders often hit someone and take off with no license identification possible.
Put these numbers in perspective and you have 3% of the people involved in 17% of the accidents or an average of 5 times the rate of accidents of all other groups. We are this year in an epidemic where total street fatalities may well eclipse total murders for the city. Much of this seems to be directly the result of bike lanes and other vision zero initiatives. Total traffic accidents are up 25% annually since DeBlasio took office in 2013. Also could you do something to get the new homeless community out of my neighborhood
Cause most cyclists just run you down and then keep on trucking.
It does exist but the DOT can only track accidents that are reported. The latest crash data report is from 2017: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/bicycle-crash-data-report-2017.pdf
The DOT does keep stats on it? I think it’s 1 or 2 a year struck by cyclists. Motorists kill what, 100 a month?
If only there weren’t so many homeless driving trucks. Also, Amazon’s fault.