NEW YORK – Over the last quarter-century, we’ve seen Big Macs, colas, and prescription medications with a spate of unwholesome side effects. Through it all though, one healthy trend has caught-on: bicycling.
A New York City Department of Transportation report found the Big Apple has experienced a 320% daily increase in cycling since 1990. Their statistics show there are now more than 420,000 riders on city streets today – up from just around 100,000 in the 90’s.
A Brooklyn bicycle accident attorney at Cellino & Barnes said this is good news for the health-conscious people in New York but safety remains an issue.
“The city is constantly building new bike lanes and infrastructure for cyclists in Brooklyn,” bicycle accident lawyer Steve Barnes said. “Unfortunately, many drivers don’t give cyclists the right of way and it can create some dangerous situations in the city.”
The DOT says the new data shows a cultural shift in bike riding; and city planning needs to keep up.
Officials believe the boom was sparked, in part, by recent redesigns of city streets. This includes more than 1,000 miles of bike lanes and the introduction of Citi Bike, the nation’s largest bike-sharing network.
Brooklyn bicycle accident lawyers say with the biking boom, New York Police officers are also recording more traffic accidents. According to city statistics, more than 4,000 cyclists were injured in the five boroughs in 2014.
“Despite infrastructure improvements, accidents are occurring more often,” Barnes said. “Bikes don’t have airbags or seat belts so collisions can be very dangerous and motor vehicle operators need to be more aware than ever.”
Unfortunately, Barnes says drivers are more distracted than ever.
A recent highway study found that more than 80% of crashes involved a distracted driver and more than half of near-crashes had a distracted driver behind the wheel.
Brooklyn bicycle accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes are now urging drivers to pay attention and watch for both cyclists and pedestrians on city streets.
If you’ve been injured while riding a bike, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries. Contact a lawyer at Cellino & Barnes today for a free consultation or visit the Cellino & Barnes LinkedIn page for more information.