City Council Moves To Require Tracking Of Bicycle Accidents

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – As the debate continues to rage about bicycle lanes in New York City, the City Council is calling for a new tool to help shed light on the matter.

Wednesday the New York City Council unanimously passed three bills requiring the New York Police Department and Department of Transportation to provide data on bicycle crashes, car accidents and where and when drivers are getting pulled over.

The goal is to shine a light on the most dangerous intersections for pedestrians in the city. The move will also shed light on how many people are getting hurt in bicycle accidents. The bills will also make clear how many car crashes occur, and where.

Transportation Alternatives lauds the bills to WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb

About a quarter of a million people ride bicycles in New York City each day.

“Right now, people don’t know what’s going on on our city streets. If you want to find out how many bicycles hit pedestrians, you cannot find it out,” said Nancy Gruskin, whose husband Stuart was struck and killed by a cyclist in Manhattan.

A new study shows some of the city’s busiest intersections are also some of its most dangerous.

Transportation Alternatives Executive Director Paul Steely said that the new information will help make the city’s streets safer.

“At this time, we do not know how many people are injured by bicyclists and we’re very happy that, now, the public will know,” Steely said.

What do you think of the bicycle lanes? Is NYC too friendly – or too unfriendly – to bikes? Sound off in our comments section.

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  • Tammie

    Ones need to be careful on the road with the bikes on medication and not sober.

  • Tammie

    Ones need to be careful riding bikes on the road taking medications and not sober.

  • arn

    Stop hating the biker. I ride in Brooklyn all the time and am tired of trying to be run over or dissed by inconsiderate drivers; also tired of pedestrians that cross against the light and try to bully me into stopping when there’s a number big enough of them. I own a car and walk the streets too, btw. Lay off the bikes, problems are caused by inconsiderate people on cars and foot too.

  • Jack

    You folks got it easy. How about Japanese cities. If a motorist hits a bicycle that ran a red light, then the motorist is at fault. Bicycles due whatever they want here. Most don’t use lights on their bikes at night because it drags. Too cheap to buy an LED handlebar light so they run high speed in the dark.

  • Sydelle Houston

    The bicyclists in my neck of Long Island have this annoying habit of riding on the sidewalks or on the wrong way of a major thoroughfare. I hate having to watch where I’m standing/walking for inconsiderate bicyclists as well as motorists.

  • FG

    I agree cyclist should obey the same laws as motorcycle and automobile drivers but can you please hold pedestrians accountable as well. Stop looking at your smart-phones and pay attention while walking. You all look like zombies out there.



    • badman

      remove your tremendous butt from your driver’s seat and see what the world looks like outside a car.

  • Rich

    As I walked 14 Street from 7Ave. to 5 Ave. this morning I saw at least 6 bikes running red lights(causing people to jump out of the way) or being in the wrong lane. At 15 Street and 5 th Ave.I (who walks with a cane) was nearly run down when a bike going the wrong way up 5th decided to barrel onto the side walk. This is an evironmentaly safe alternative!? What planet are some of these folks living on?

  • Jimmy

    If the cyclists just obeyed the traffic laws there wouldn’t be a problem but alas they have this superiority chip on their shoulders that prevents them from doing so.

  • Summarex


    The drive to create bike lanes is part of Transportation Alternatives environmentalist agenda. Most bike lanes don’t help cyclists much and only serve to further intertwine government in the cycling community. Some bike lanes are necessary but we already have too many and they cost too much. Also, we seem to have them in the wrong places. Worst of all, they have created a near war between cyclists and motorists. We don’t need to be hated on account of Transportation Alternatives.

    • johnny

      It’s only a matter of time before people realize Transportation Alternatives are nothing more than a bunch of liberal hippy freaks that are against automobiles. Of course hypocrisy runs deep as most of their bicycles and parts are shipped by truck made in some chinese factory that spews pollutants into the air to during manufacturing.

      • Harry

        Yes, but the carbon footprint ends after the purchase of the bicycle. Not so with a car.

    • Woody

      They call them bicycle lanes, but they’re built mostly to help pedestrians. They help keep bikes off the sidewalks. They narrow the traffic lanes making it easier for slow walkers to get a jump start crossing the street. They protect people walking on sidewalks from being hit when cars jump the curb (something that seems to kill more pedestrians than bikes). And more.

      I don’t see many places where they have hurt drivers. Well, except for their egos since they all want to be Kings of the Road. They just hate the idea that more space should be allowed for pedestrian plazas or wider crosswalks, or ugh, for bikes.

  • johnny

    And so it starts. First it will be just tracking and then laws will soon follow figuring out a way to extract money out of cyclists.

    You know, if these greeny cyclists weren’t such gobblers trying to push their agenda on everyone, I might have been sympathetic. After seeing what some of these people write including that garbage spewfest Transportation Alternatives trying to shaft motorists, I don’t feel sorry at all. I hope you get a full set of laws just like motorists do. Reap what you sow suckers.

    • D

      There is already a full ste of laws in place for cyclists. It is called VTL (Vehicle and traffic law). Laws that apply to drivers equally apply to cyclists. cyclists choose to ignore VTL.Well, ignorance isnot the excuse!!!!!!!!!

      • badman

        Americans are latched on to their cars like babies on mamas’ teats.

        get rid of cars in Manhattan and enforce traffic laws for pedestrians and cyclists.

  • Summarex

    Transportation Alternatives is an environmentalist organization that has ass a goal, the elimination of fuel burning behicles. Unfortunately, transportation alternatives has also managed to insert itself in the cyling community. They don’t represent the interests of cyclists and will gladly subordinate those interests, when the time comes, to satisfy their core environmentalist agenda.

    Here’s how:

    Transportation Alternatives is quietly supportive of the bicycle driver model, a scheme which makes cyclists into drivers rather than riders and forces cyclists to register bicycles, obtain insurance, get bicycle drivers licenses. Submit to sobriety tests like motorists and all sorts of other nonsense. Turning cuclists into licensed drivers helps put Transportation Alternatives in the thick of the government and further it’s own agenda, which has little to do with cycling.

    Transportation Alternatives should be rejected as being representative of cycling until they themselves reject the entire bicycle driver scvheme. And the media should stop presenting Transportation Alternatives as an organization, representative of said community

    • johnny

      Transportation Alternatives is a scam and does nothing to help cyclists. All they do is promote garbage like red light cameras, speed cameras, speed bumps, and other garbage to help “save” the life of a cyclist. I’m glad the city is going after you guys and hope all of the garbage laws you helped inflict on motorists will come full circle to you cyclists. The fact is cyclists are out of control breaking laws all over the place and am glad they’ll be hit with fines just like us bad-polluting motorists.

  • Fred

    The time has finally come to hold cyclists accountable for all of the accidents and injuries that they cause throughout the city.

    • Summarex

      What cyclists are you referring to? The cyclists I know have never created a single accident. They have been victims of accidents though.

      • Fred

        Cyclists have no regard for traffic laws or pedestrian safety. Statistical records will now be kept on the number of pedestrians that have been maimed or killed in bicycle accidents.

  • Bike lanes are beyond gay

    More important: How many jaywalking pedestrians are the cause of these accidents?

    • geneb

      MORE important?? There’s a slight difference: pedestrians aren’t driving a potentially lethal vehicle, often at high speed.

      • geneb

        >> I’m sure you’d be surprised at how many accidents are caused by jaywalking.

        That’s the reality of New York. Knowing that, DRIVE MORE CAREFULLY, and most important, FOLLOW THE LAW. I’ve driven cars and bikes plenty in the city, I know the near-anarchic rules. But one basic rule is, if you _are_ violating the law, then you’d better damn well know exactly what you’re doing and be _especially_ careful.

        Because YOU’RE the one driving a potentially lethal vehicle.

        Recently, before stepping into the road, I carefully checked for bikes and cars coming down the one-way street. I GOT HIT FROM BEHIND by a delivery idiot going the wrong way.

        Also recently, I saw a bike going the wrong way run into a cab. He started yelling at the innocent cabbie(!)

        And I saw a biker racing down Bleecker the wrong way, yelling at people, “NO! NO! NO! OH NO YOU DON’T!” to get them out of his way.

        I’ll tell you exactly what I yelled at these two arrogant jerks:


      • Bike Lanes = $$$ wasted

        Sorry, I meant MOST IMPORTANT. I’m sure you’d be surprised at how many accidents are caused by jaywalking.

      • badman

        GET OVER IT. Cars and trucks do SO much more damage in every way than bicycles. Focus on the real problem.

    • summarex

      The drive to create bike lanes is part of Transportation Alternatives environmentalist agenda. Most bike lanes don’t help cyclists much and only serve to further intertwine government in the cycling community. Some bike lanes are necessary but we already have too many and they cost too much. Worst of all, they have created a near war between cyclists and motorists. We don’t need to be hated thanks to Transportation Alternatives.

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