What to Know
- A 58-year-old man in Brooklyn and a 17-year-old boy died Tuesday following a collision with vehicles while on their bicycles
- Neither of their identities have been released and no arrests have been made
- Meanwhile, the New York City Council on Tuesday passed a bill that would allow cyclists to follow pedestrian walk signals
Two more cyclists died Tuesday and another is in critical condition following collisions in Brooklyn, Staten Island and Queens, increasing the total number of bike riders who were killed this year to at least 17.
A 58-year-old cyclist was struck by a box truck at McGuinness Boulevard and Norman Avenue in Brooklyn on Tuesday afternoon, according to police. He was transported to Bellevue Hospital where he was pronounced dead. In Staten Island, a 17-year-old boy died following a collision with a tow truck, SILive reported.
Neither of their identities have been released and no arrests have been made.
Another cyclist in Queens was struck by an SUV just after midnight on Wednesday. Police say the victim is in critical condition after being hit by a Nissan Rogue near Jamaica Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard.
Earlier this month, dozens of protesters staged a "die-in" at Washington Square Park to call on the city to do more to ensure the safety of cyclists.
In a tweet, Mayor Bill de Blasio says the City is about to lay out "a new action plan" to make streets safer for bikers and everyone on the road. "These deaths are preventable," he wrote.
Meanwhile, the New York City Council on Tuesday passed a bill that would allow cyclists to follow pedestrian walk signals, making it safer for cyclists to cross intersections, said Council Member Carlos Menchaca.