Getting from here to there in Manhattan can be challenging. Driving and parking a car comes with congestion and significant expense, but walking can take too long.
Riding your bike can seem like an efficient way to get to where you are going while getting some exercise. However, bicycle accidents can be dangerous and deadly.
Here’s what you should know about the changes in bicycle crash statistics in Manhattan.
Fewer crashes, but more death
Although motorists may argue that bicyclists can be unpredictable and difficult to see, the reality is that their large vehicles can do devastating damage. In 2018, Manhattan crash data shows that there were 1,843 crashes between bikes and cars with three fatalities. In 2020, the number of crashes went down to 1,691, but the number of bicyclist fatalities doubled.
In a year when the city was locked down, Manhattan saw an increase in bikers killed in accidents with motor vehicles.
What is causing the crashes, and how can I avoid them?
Unfortunately, the crash data does not include the causes of these accidents. However, as with many accidents, these tend to be caused by inattentive or reckless driving behaviors.
As a cyclist, taking precautions to keep yourself safe while riding on the road is essential. When you are waiting to cross an intersection, you should wait until you make eye contact with the driver before you move in front of a car.
You can also avoid changing directions at the last moment. While your bike can support these last-minute changes, it can be difficult for drivers to predict where you are going when you alter your plan at the last moment.
Riding your bike can be a great way to get around the city, but it is essential to take precautions to stay safe.