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Monday, April 9, 2012

NYPD begins tracking bicycle accidents [NY Daily News]


NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04:  A cyclist rides in Central Park on April 4, 2011 in New York City. Central Park, long a center point to Manhattan`s burgeoning cycling community, has become ground zero of a battle between the New York Police Department (NYPD) and riders as the police have begun issuing tickets to cyclists for both speeding and not stopping at traffic lights. The NYPD has issued 230 tickets to cyclists for over $200 between Jan. 1 and March 15 of this year. The riders are beginning to fight back with a Facebook group and appeals to New York`s Mayor Michael Bloomberg to set traffic lights to "blinking yellow" during off-peak hours.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

SPENCER PLATT

About 500 pedestrians wind up hospitalized each year after accidents with cyclists, a recent study showed.

The NYPD has started tracking bicycle accidents, the Daily News has learned.
The move took effect Thursday and is designed to help track the growing number of bike crashes, and tangles involving cyclists versus pedestrians.
About 500 pedestrians wind up hospitalized each year after accidents with cyclists, a recent study showed. At the same time, the city continues plans to install 1,800 bike lane miles by 2030.
“It’s not like shootings or robberies, but people are getting hurt,” a source said.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly now views bike accidents like any other traffic accident or crime.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nypd-begins-tracking-bicycle-accidents-article-1.1057103#ixzz1rIrReIPm

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