Manhattan is not just a borough, it’s a county—the nation’s most densely populated one. Traffic jams here are so legendary that radical measures to reduce the number of motor vehicles on Manhattan roads are finding credibility among mayoral candidates.
These calls stem in part to curtail congestion and pollution, but also to increase the safety of our streets. And some of the people most vulnerable to accidents and serious injuries are Manhattan bicyclists.
When you get that many cars next to that many bicycles, terrible accidents don’t need to happen—assuming people drive their motor vehicles safely and responsibly. But too many do not.
Cars crash into cyclists in Manhattan with shocking regularity. We are not only at or near historic highs for Manhattan bicycle accidents, the data show a general increase of almost 30 percent during a recent 10 year period. Six months in 2020 posted five-year record highs for Manhattan bicycle accidents. Several others came close.
What happens if you joined that number, and a car hit you or your child while biking in Manhattan? We’ve prepared the following to explain what you need to do. Feel free to share it—though if you post it somewhere else on the web, we’d appreciate a link back to this page. We hope it helps everyone in Manhattan understand their rights as a cyclist if they find themselves hurt by a negligent driver.
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