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NYPD Tracking Bike Accidents for Trends

At least 500 pedestrians are hit by cyclists every year, according to reports.

The NYPD will now report bicycle accidents the same way they report car accidents.

On Thursday, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly decided that bicycle crashes should be reported and tracked just like any other accident or crime, the New York Daily News reports.  

The new initiative is designed to track the number of accidents between cyclists and pedestrians. 

According to The News, a new study has found that 500 pedestrians are taken to the hospital after being hit by bikers every year.

In Prospect Park there has been accidents between last year and a couple accidents.

And Councilmen Steve Levin, D-Williamsburg, and Brad Lander, D-Park Slope, have been pushing legislation to make sure accident investigators are sent to .

Kelly said that the NYPD will document the accidents and study them for trends.

“This reporting process will allow the department to track bicycle accidents like typical car accidents,’’ an NYPD spokeswoman told The News.

Doug Gordon, the founder of the website Brooklyn Spoke, said that Kelly’s new initiative is a good thing.  

“The NYPD should be tracking all accidents, no matter how they occur and use that information to allocate their resources proportionately,” said Gordon. “It’s better to have more info than less.”

Councilmember Stephen Levin told Patch that he has not been able to speak directly with the NYPD yet to get all the details on how they will be investigating accidents.

“The faster the commissioner is trying to include more vehicle, pedestrian and bike crashes is a small step in the right direction,” Levin said. “But not knowing the specifics and details of what kind of investigations will be involved with the reports, it’s hard to know if this is the serious change I am hoping for.”

A request was made with the NYPD for comment. 

Rick Oshea April 10, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Thank you Patti. Steven F-instead of trashing me why don't you answer any of the questions I've posed or why don't you rebutt them. No one here has addressed any of my comments. I have said over and over in various posts to various articles on Patch that it us not a zero sum game. I have never asked that one issue be addressed at the expense of another. Unfirtunately the pro bike contingent does ask for that. That is evidenced by numerous comments on this and previous posts and can be seen here from the very first comments. Bikers apparently don't think bike pedestrian accidents should be investigated and bikers should not be expected to conform to traffic laws. That is what I hate. I hate that too many bikers think it's all about them. And once mire I add the disclaimer that it's not all bikers but if I were a law abiding and civil biker I would want to speacj out about bad behavior that taints the good ones. And as a biker I ask you this- do you stop at red lights? Really?
Chicken Underwear April 10, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I think we would find that many of the bike pedestrian accidents were actually caused by people walking into bike lanes.
Steven F April 10, 2012 at 08:05 PM
I stop at all red lights. Really.
Parksloper April 10, 2012 at 08:26 PM
I find that hard to believe but would wait for the facts of each individual case. I walk every day in the park and the spandex bike nuts never ever stop at a light or crosswalk same as in the streets.
Rick Oshea April 10, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Well there's one way to find out. Since your thoughts are idle speculation the police should enact the program described here and investigate these accidents. And if the bikers are to blame then there should be some sort of punishment. I mean if bikers demand that for errant drivers then shouldn't they apply the same rules to bikers?
rick sanchez April 10, 2012 at 08:54 PM
parksloper - the comment about spandex nuts reminds me: just this past weekend, a bunch of us (bikers) were stopped at a crosswalk in the park near 9th St: a pregnant lady and her stroller/family were crossing the street. she was very pregnant, and so pretty slow, but about four of us bikers waited patiently for her to cross. suddenly, we all hear someone screaming "ON YOUR RIGHT ON YOUR RIGHT" and mr. spandex comes flying by, almost hitting the pregnant lady. stay classy, spandex patrol.
Anthony April 10, 2012 at 09:14 PM
More bikers should follow your lead.
Steven F April 10, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Rick, Anthony...do you never jaywalk?
Chicken Underwear April 10, 2012 at 10:24 PM
I stop at more red lights when I am on my bike than when I walk.
Rick Oshea April 10, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Hey chicken underwear, I thought you were a runner and not a biker. That's what you said when it suited your argument.
Chicken Underwear April 10, 2012 at 11:25 PM
I run a lot, for exercise. Sometimes I bike to get from point a to point b, or to play with my kids.
Rick Oshea April 10, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Nope. Like you Steven I always stop at red lights.
Anthony April 11, 2012 at 03:15 AM
@Steven F. I do not jaywalk in New York City. You can't trust the people that drive cars, taxis and bikes.
Rick Oshea April 11, 2012 at 11:59 PM
OK this is off topic but it does demonstrate the self centeredness and self entitlement of too many (though not all) bikers. On my way home from work today I stopped at the CVS on 9th street. There was a young woman walking around in the store with her bicycle. Unbelieveable. Then I watched as she left and rode down the crowded sidewalk at 5:30 PM. I see people riding bikes all the time on 9th street which has two yes two yes two bike lanes. But hey it's all about her.
Rick Oshea April 12, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Oops. That should be I see people riding on the sidewalks on 9th street. Even though there are two bike lanes. One on each side of the street.
Chicken Underwear April 12, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Not to justify her actions, but that stretch of bike lane is often blocked by trucks.
Rick Oshea April 12, 2012 at 01:14 AM
The bike lane is indicated outside the parking lane, And no you can't justify her actions riding through a crowd walking on the street. And what about walking around in a store with her bike? Bizzarre and arrogant.
Chicken Underwear April 12, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Sounds like we agree. But that bike lane is useless to cycelists. I ride on 8th or 10 street
Anthony April 12, 2012 at 08:13 AM
A biker not following the rules??????? No way! You must be seeing things. (sense the sarcasm)
Frankie P. April 12, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Rick, one day you'll learn that in New York City there are a lot of selfish, self-centered, self-entitled, arrogant jerks. Some of them bike. Some of them drive. No one group has a monopoly on bad behavior, and I'd no more say that one bus rider talking on her phone "demonstrates" the self-centeredness of all bus riders than I'd say that one person in a CVS with a bike demonstrates the behavior of other people with bikes. It's what pegs you as somewhat irrational and misguided on this subject. That woman is probably as big a jerk when she's behind the wheel of a car, when she's at work, or when she's walking around without a bike. Some people are just jerks. The sooner we come to terms with that, the sooner we can start to have rational discussions about how to fix our city's real problems.
Frankie P. April 12, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Rick, I see people biking on the sidewalks, too. But I also see the 9th Street bike lanes blocked by double-parked cars and trucks all the time. Those drivers are clearly acting in a selfish manner, but do they "demonstrate" the self-centeredness of all drivers?
Frankie P. April 12, 2012 at 08:34 PM
But people still double park in the bike lane and block it for cyclists. (Hence my use of the phrase "double parked.") Are the people who double-park in bike lanes arrogant drivers? It is illegal to block a bike lane. Does their disregard for the safety of others and the law represent all drivers? You always want others to answer your questions and post comment after comment asking them to do so. So answer the question. When you see a driver do something illegal and dangerous, does that driver represent all drivers? Yes, the woman walking around the store is bizarre and arrogant. We both agree on that. But she does not demonstrate the behavior of all cyclists any more than she demonstrates the behavior of all women or all people with whatever color hair she had.
Rick Oshea April 12, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Yes Frankie people who double park are as arrogant as bikers who ride on the sidewalk. I also get mad about cars making turns who don't yield to me as I'm crossing the street. No Frankie when a driver does something illegal or dangerous it doesn't reflect of all drivers. But Frankie do you ever ever see a biker stop for a red light? I have lived in New York for 30 years and I have not felt threatened by drivers in all those years. Sure there is an occasional idiot who does something reckless. But every day I encounter a biker (no numerous bikers) who breezes through an intersection and just misses me. And just does not care. Since the increase in bikers and with the arrogance so often displayed by them I feel uncomfortable crossing streets or even walking down streets for the first time in all the years I've lived here. So Frankie do you think bikers who ride on the sidewalks or run red lights are jerks?
Rick Oshea April 12, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Hey Frankie I just had an idea. Let's pick an intersection around here. We'll both stand there and take pictures of people breaking traffic laws. I'll take pictures of bikers you take pictures of cars. Whoever gets 10 pictures of infractions first wins. And the loser has to pay the winner fifty dollars. You up for it? I can spare ten minutes for this exercise. That's all it would take me.
Carla April 13, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Yes. Just count all of the drivers acting perfectly safe and obeying every traffic law in this video. It's less than ten minutes. http://www.streetsblog.org/2011/11/29/on-jay-street-police-break-traffic-laws-more-than-they-enforce-them/
Chicken Underwear April 13, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Frankie, take the bet. Count the car drivers talking and texting.
Frankie P April 13, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Great idea. How about the intersection of Flatbush, Atlantic and 4th Avenue? When do you want to meet?
Chicken Underwear April 13, 2012 at 02:18 PM
or haw about in front of any school at 3:05pm.
Frankie P. April 14, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Rick, when do you want to meet? I proposed a location.
Chicken Underwear April 14, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Rick is gonna stay home and complain about bikers. "I feel uncomfortable crossing streets or even walking down streets" He is gonna move to Pleasantville, NY But this would make an interesting journalistic project. Are you paying attention Will Yakowicz?

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