Report: High Bicycle Fatality Rate On Long Island

MELVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP)Bicyclists face higher risks for fatal accidents on Long Island than in other areas of the New York metropolitan area.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On The Story

Newsday says it analyzed federal crash data and found that Long Island’s bicycle crash death rate is much higher than in New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut.

It says at least 64 cyclists have been killed on Long Island in crashes since 2005.

Contributing factors ranged from drunken motorists to cyclists who failed to stop at red lights. Another was drivers who said they didn’t see the bike until it was too late.

Suffolk County Police Detective Lt. Matt Sullivan says bicyclists should always assume they cannot be seen.

More than a quarter of the fatal bike crashes occurred on high-speed multi-lane arterial roads.

Does bicycling on Long Island seem more dangerous to you? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • Nick

    Stop breaking the traffic laws and you’ll stop being killed. Every day I see a cycling idiot going through the red lights or against traffic. And do they have insurance to pay for the damages to the cars? NO. Selfish twerps.

  • p8nt

    I love the excuse that motorists give. “I did not see them” It can be a semi truck, and they’ll still use that excuse. Reason being that motorists do not pay attention when they are behind the wheel. They’re too preoccupied with other things, and going from point A to point B as fast as they can. The DMV does nothing at all to change how new drivers are tested, and old people should be tested yearly after 65.

  • Harvey

    To reduce the odds of collision with a vehicle, I’ve learned to ride my bicycle on what I feel are the safest roads from my start point to my destination. I define these roads by the amount of vehicles that traverse them, with the less traveled ones a higher priority. Still, anything is possible so I use my helmet mounted mirror to monitor the movements of vehices coming up from the rear, to see if they are traveling straight and/or show signs of recognition of my position. I also use highly visible clothing while being very attentive to all that surrounds me. This has become a habit and, so, it takes little conscious effort.

    Still, anything is possible. I can’t see everything all the time. Once, I was forced to jump onto a curb sidewalk. If I hadn’t the car that came up from behind, would have certainly collided with me.

    I wonder if they’ll ever design protected and abundant bicycle lanes in high density traffic areas, lanes that are useful for their placement (i.e., leading to shopping, mass transit, schools, etc.) or if electronic collision avoidance systems will ever be built into vehicles that recognize pedestrians and cyclists, day and night.

    Until then, I will do the best I can and keep my fingers crossed…when not riding.

  • Avid Cyclist

    The Cyclists Creed: Noone can see me, and they all want to kill me. Cycling in NYC (pre- bike lane BS) is way safer than LI.

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