July 29, 2015, 1:54 pm

 

Even the most experienced bicyclists can agree that NYC streets offer challenges that can be scary.  The city has a pace that demands that riders keep up or get out of the way.

Although bicycle accidents are common throughout the world, it’s important to note that in most cases, the rider is capable of walking away from the collision without serious harm.   According to new research from The Auto Insurance Center, the Fort Green-Clinton Hill area has a higher cyclist injury rate than most other neighborhoods.  In fact, the injury rate in the 88th precinct is four times higher than most NYC areas as bicycle accidents continually send residents to the emergency room.

While it can be easy to point blame at regular drivers who collide with bicyclists,  research shows that at times, the bicyclists is also being held responsible for the collision.  The 88th precinct’s commanding officer discussed the findings with the Auto Insurance Center and explained that  a lot of bicyclists cause accidents by running red lights.  In March of this year, the precinct issued 14 cycling summons for improper and dangerous use.   A huge increase from March of last year when the same precinct only issued two cycling summons the entire month.

The research serves as a starting point in hopes of making drivers and riders more aware of the realities of these collisions.  As more and more people abandon public transportation and cars, bicyclists will toe the line between safety and convenience throughout NYC streets.


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