City Releases Data on Bicycle, Car Collisions: Report
The Department of Transportation released the data, which was taken from NYPD accident reports
There were a recorded 754 collisions between bicycles and cars in the last three months of 2011, which resulted in 755 injuries and three fatalities, according to a published report that analyzed recently-released data.
Brooklyn lead the city with 285 collisions, and Manhattan came in second with 229. Queens had 178 crashes, The Bronx had 56 and Staten Island had six.
Compared to other vehicular accidents, bike collisions are relatively small; in the same three-month period, there were 3,650 pedestrian injuries and deaths in motor vehicle accidents and over 10,000 people killed in cars.
But City Councilman James Vacca, who represents the Bronx and heads the transportation committee, told the Post it's crucial to keep track of bike crashes, especially as bike riding becomes more popular. He pushed the law requiring the DOT to track and released accident statistics.
Vacca also speculated that the large number of accidents may involve delivery cyclists. He has proposed a bill to penalize business owners if delivery cyclists are caught breaking traffic rules.
“Almost all of the complaints I get [on cyclists] are on them,” he told the Post.
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Published at 1:31 PM EDT on Jun 9, 2012