Drivers, Are You Unknowingly Causing Hazards for Cyclists?

A member of the NYC Gothamist team recently began publishing videos of what a city cyclist’s commute looks like. The footage is edited to include notes pointing out the various obstacles cyclists encounter. Below are two common causes of cyclist injuries that drivers can easily prevent: 

1. Double Parking: finding street parking can be close to impossible. Some drivers opt to temporarily double park when street spots aren’t available. Here’s the problem with double parking: bike lanes are designed to provide cyclists with a safe section to ride in, away from oncoming vehicles. Double parked vehicles force cyclists to share busy roadways with motorists who may not be prepared to avoid a cyclist darting out in front of them. 

2. Speed: driving too fast, or abnormally slow can disrupt the flow of traffic and cause motorists and cyclists to collide. It’s important to remember many streets in New York are narrow and full of cars, cyclists, and pedestrians. It’s extremely important that drivers and cyclists travel at a safe speed and remain mindful of others sharing the road. 

Before you double park or speed in the city carefully consider the points above. Click here to view the Gothamist footage. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a cycling incident contact us today. 


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