After much debate and planning, New York City launched North America’s largest bike share system this week. The bike share program allows people to use Citi Bikes for short periods of travel. The cost is $95/year; daily and weekly passes are also available, which may prove popular with tourists. Not everyone is pleased with NYC’s Citi Bike program, however.
Skeptics believe that the bike share will put many people on bicycles who won’t follow the rules of the road. A livery cab driver is probably in that camp, after he collided with a Citi Bike rider on Friday afternoon.
A 25-year-old Citi Bike rider ran a red light in Greenwich Village and crashed into a livery cab SUV. Fortunately, the bicyclist did not suffer life-threatening injuries, although she was taken to the hospital for treatment. The Citi Bike and livery cab were damaged in the bicycle accident.
The Manhattan accident is an example of what may happen when casual cyclists decide to disregard the traffic laws. Whether you’re in an automobile or on a bicycle New York City traffic laws apply; their intention is to save lives and help everyone safely reach their destination.
If you were lawfully riding a bicycle and were seriously injured by a negligent motorist, an experienced New York City auto accident attorney can help you explore your legal options for recovering compensation.
Source: New York Post, “Wheels Of Misfortune,” Daniel Prendergast, May 31, 2013