Study finds high percentage of pedestrians hit by bikes in New York City
NY, NY, United States
September 19, 2011 05:43 pm EDT
Human Interest, Curiosity, Lifestyle And Leisure, Outdoors, Health, Physical Fitness
Who would have thought that those things could actually hurt and implicate injuries on someone?
A study released by Hunter College professors showed at least 1,000 pedestrians are hit by bicycle riders each year across New York state. Half of those are in New York City.
Although the latest figure is still relatively small compared to injuries to pedestrians caused by cars, the authors, professors Peter Tuckel and William Milczarski, noted there was a large increase from the same study they conducted in 2009.
Between 2007 and 2010, New York state hospitals attended to roughly 1,000 pedestrians annually who are injured after being hit by cyclists. Fifty-five percent of these victims were in New York City.
Compared to their 2009 analysis of different data, only a few more than 1,000 pedestrians were treated annually in hospitals in the whole U.S. for injuries in collisions with cyclists.
The latest figures, however, only only include pedestrians who were treated in the hospitals. No data was included on victims who visited their doctor’s office or a walk-in clinic for treatment.
The study was commissioned for the Stuart C. Gruskin foundation. Gruskin was killed by a delivery biker who was riding in the wrong direction on the street in 2009.
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