Study: 1,000 Pedestrians a Year Injured by Cyclists

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The bike lane on the Brooklyn Bridge. (Photo (cc) by Flickr user Rikomatic)

A new study finds more pedestrians are injured by cyclists than previously thought. According to research by Hunter College Professors Peter Tuckel and William Milczarski there have been about 1,000 injuries per year of pedestrians in New York State caused by cyclists.  Milczarski says previous estimates, put the figure at about 1,000 a year nationwide.

The study analyzed hospital data from all New York hospitals, which code their injuries.   About half the injuries were within the five boroughs of New York City. Residents of East Harlem and Bedford Stuyvestant were treated the most often by hospitals.  The study did not look at injuries caused to bicyclists by motor vehicles, or injuries to cyclists caused during bike-pedestrian crashes.

The study was supported by the Stuart  C. Gruskin foundation, set up by Nancy Gruskin after her husband, Stuart, was killed by bicylist.

New York City's Department of Transportation has said that overall, traffic injuries are down, and it says as cycling goes up, injuries and fatalities do not.

The Hunter study found a decline in injuries as well, from 1,097 in 2007 to 927 in 2010.

Milczarski says his study is not meant to be anti-cyclist; he tells Transportation Nation he himself is in favor of the city's planned bike-share program.