Another Bicyclist Struck in Vanderbilt Avenue Hit-and-Run

Driver takes off after accident at Pacific Street.


For the third time in six months, a driver struck a bicyclist in Prospect Heights and took off. 

In the latest incident a 28-year-old man was riding northbound on Vanderbilt Avenue when a car traveling the opposite direction struck him while turning onto Pacific Street, according to a police report.

After hitting the man, the driver drove away. The report did not say whether the rider was injured. The accident took place on Monday, June 18, at 8:25 a.m.

The intersection where the accident took place has a lot of multi-directional traffic. It is at the mouth of construction on for the . It is also a block away from busy Atlantic Avenue.

On May 16, a 24-year-old biker was riding on St. Johns Place near Plaza Street East at about 3:15 p.m. when , causing cuts and bruises to the man’s left leg, both arms and his left side. The bicyclist was evaluated by EMS but declined to go to the hospital, according to a police report.

And on Dec. 5 at about 6 p.m., a 34-year-old woman riding a bicycle with on Vanderbilt Avenue as they crossed Park Place, according to a police report. Neither mother or toddler were hurt. 

Kyle Arnold July 06, 2012 at 11:53 PM
I was hit on Vanderbilt last summer by a car at high speed, knocking the bell of my bike- if the car had been an inch to the right it would've killed me. The street is a death trap. Cars drive very fast and the street is not wide enough to accommodate both cars and bikes together. Cars often park in the bike lane and when you try to go around them, you get hit.
Vanderbilt Rider July 07, 2012 at 12:04 AM
And yet the police do nothing to stop speeding, reckless drivers. The 77th Precinct issued one speeding ticket in May. That's right, one speeding ticket for the whole precinct for the entire month. We need the NYPD to start taking reckless driving seriously. They need to enforce the speed limit as much as they ticket cyclists in Prospect Park.
dawn pinnoch July 07, 2012 at 04:42 AM
Vanderbilt Ave was wide enough for years until DOT, foolishly & clulessly decided to minimize the street with center medians--adding bike lanes thereafter. My experience is that cyclists are carelessly careening through the bike lanes without concern for pedestrians. They are just as reckless -- not blameless, as the cars & truck traffic.
Gregg July 07, 2012 at 11:23 AM
On a weekly basis, I nearly get hit by cyclists who ignore the traffic signs and careen through the intersections, often going THE WRONG WAY from the traffic flow. Soon, I will begin pushing them over. Perhaps a few scrapes on their knees and elbows will get some sense to their brains? And let's not forget those that race down the sidewalks....
heather paul July 07, 2012 at 11:25 AM
And on Eastern parkway accross from the Museum there is a 1 way service road. And they are going to put a bike lane there. A bike lane? Isn't a 2 way bike lane 2 bike lanes? I agree with Dawn. And am cautiously optimistic about the safety valve for people crossing the service lane too
Gai A. Spann July 07, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Bicyclists should be more careful...for one they assume that car drivers can always see them and that's not always true. And they ride their bikes in the middle of the street with a hit me I dare you attitude. They are very frustrating for drivers.
Jenny July 07, 2012 at 12:55 PM
i'm sure there is plenty of blame to go around. the bicyclist and the pedestrian are the ones more likely to get badly hurt. obviously something has to be done.
Stephan von DeMark July 07, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Look I'm a cyclist and a motorist and I dread driving in the Prospect Heights/Park Slop area. In fact there are some evenings when I won't drive at all. Cyclists going the wrong way, no lights, riding on narrow streets with no paths when a street with a path is no more than a block away. And worst of all no helmets. No helmet ya get a ticket..period.! One more thing if street cleaning was limited to two days a week you wouldn't have a million frustrated drivers looking for spots and they would be off the streets. Own a home? Clean your own curb....I do.
Greg todd July 07, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Cars in the city are an abomination. Period. Let's just get over the car thing. The sooner the better.
Kyle Arnold July 07, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Why do you think they ride on the sidewalks? Could it be A) because the bike lane is blocked by cars, or B) they are edged out of narrow stretches of the avenue by cars which fill the entire avenue, or C) they are avoiding pedestrians who are carelessly standing in the road. When you see a cyclist doing something odd, think about WHY they might be doing it before rushing to judgment.
Kyle Arnold July 07, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Drivers are more than frustrating for bicyclists. They are deadly. How many cyclists have been killed by drivers? Versus how many drivers have been killed by cyclists?
dawn pinnoch July 07, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Yo Greg, It's the 21st century--not the time for horse & buggy mentality. The problem is with people--whether drivers or bicyclists, and their lack of RESPECT for others. In this post human era, we could all do well to care more about each other instead of our machines.
Tony July 07, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Getting nearly hit on a weekly basis is much better than getting hit or killed on a daily basis, which is what happens to pedestrians and cyclists as a result of reckless driving. A person is killed by a driver every two to three days in New York City on average.
Tony July 07, 2012 at 07:44 PM
There's no mandatory helmet law for adults in NYC. No helmet, no ticket. Period. Actually, if fewer people owned cars and had free parking you wouldn't have frustrated drivers looking for parking.
Tony July 07, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Vanderbilt Ave was deadly for years. It's now much safer. And the growing number of businesses and rising real estate values go hand in hand with the improvements DOT made to the street. As a pedestrian, I'm grateful for the center medians - it makes it easier and faster to cross the street.
Desi July 07, 2012 at 10:12 PM
And then you can strap your kids together while pushing your weekly groceries home? Biking is fine but there are people out there that actually WORK and take care of children in PH and actually NEED cars!! Everyone is not a 20 something year old hipster!!!
Ekayani Chamberlin July 08, 2012 at 12:10 AM
@ DESI. I am 49 years old, a native New Yorker and not a "hipster". I use my bike to get to work as I resent the poor service provided by the MTA and the ver increasing fares. Cars are useful true. So are bikes. It get down to common courtesy. I find myself trying to obey the laws AND being put in difficult positions by car that insist on parking in the bike line, being almost run off the road by drivers going way to fast or making reckless turns, pedestrians (in id town in particular) who insist on walking down the bike path in droves in the opposite direction (WTF?), pedestrians who decide that the lights don't apply to them and practically walk into oncoming traffic. It is very stressful ad sometimes I am forced to takes byways I would prefer not to out of sheer survival. 45 miles an hour is permitted on Eastern Parkway and that's crazy. A child dies at 40MPH.
Tony July 08, 2012 at 12:35 AM
I'm 40 years old. Not a hipster. I work, have two kids, and ride a bike for transportation. Sometimes I put my kids on my bike in a seat and drop them off at school or take them to the grocery store. I can't afford a car. Not everyone is rich enough to own a car. Plus, we should want all the young, able-bodied people to bike instead of drive. That means more parking spaces for the people who need to drive!
Helen williams July 08, 2012 at 01:21 AM
It comes down to being courteous and using common sense. Whether you're on foot, biking or driving try to protect yourself and others by following the law and paying attention. I'm so sick of this "I have more rights than you because blah, blah blah." Share the road and don't be a jerk. Period.
rjgx July 08, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Gotta shout out I agree Dawn! If you are operating ANY vehicle (yes bikes and powered scooters ARE also vehicles) not obeying traffic laws and not driving defensively you are begging to be in an accident! What's also been lost here is that no matter what, in all circumstances pedestrians have the right of way in NYC! If you are on the street with the attitude that any stupid sh*t can happen at any time and stay alert, you have a good chance not to be victimized. Hit-and-run a**holes need to get stiff sentences, no exceptions!
obo78 July 09, 2012 at 11:43 AM
I think if you look at the plans for the Eastern Pkwy renovation you will see that the bike lanes will be built into the expanded median - going both ways.
Sara July 09, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Well said, I think
MikeQ July 10, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Road signs on vanderbilt ave could help. Maybe some speed limit or "share the road" signs along the avenue.


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