What is Shoaling and how is it putting NYC Cyclists at Risk?

Even if you’re not familiar with the term “shoaling,” it’s likely you’ve witnessed NYC cyclists practice shoaling. 

When a cyclist darts in front of other cyclists at a red light, either to stop in front of the other cyclist or to cruise through the light, they are guilty of shoaling. 

Some credit the influx of “shoalers” to the advent of Citi bikes (a popular rent-a-bike service that allows users to rent a bike for short periods of time, ideal for tourists visiting a new city). NYC commuters who depend on their bicycles as a means of transportation now share the road with countless tourists, who aren’t necessarily the most experienced cyclists and are typically unaccustomed to navigating NYC on two wheels. 

According to NYC Dot, there were more than 60,000 bicycle related injuries that occurred in 2016 in the five boroughs. The majority of bicycle related injuries occurred in Brooklyn (approximately 19,000 injuries). The majority of fatal bicycle crashes occurred in Queens (65 fatal crashes).

Cycling through busy NYC streets could almost be considered an art form.  If you’re new to the city and/or urban cycling carefully consider when and where you’re riding (i.e. it’s a good idea to avoid busy streets during rush hour, like Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn and Grand Concourse in the Bronx).

To prevent serious injuries from occurring NYC cyclists are encouraged to refrain from taking risks, like shoaling. Unfortunately, often times responsible cyclists are injured due to reckless drivers and pedestrians. Certain driving behaviors, such as speeding and driving distracted, have created dangerous conditions for cyclists throughout New York. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a NYC bicycle crash contact us today, we may be able to help.

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In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP