Letters to the editor, Nov. 23

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Pedestrian demanding accountability

Dear Editor:

I was run down by a speeding bicycle that made a turn as I was crossing to the curb on 2nd Avenue and 11th Street.

I suffered a break in my pelvis as well as torn adductor muscles. When I tell people the story each one has another story of being hit by a bicycle themselves or knowing someone close who was hit similarly. Careless bicycle riders have no liability for their recklessness.

If there was some identification like license plates or numbered placards the riders would take more care knowing that they could be identified.

We demand licenses on cars so why not bicycles, which can be as deadly when driven thoughtlessly?

Toni Davis, PCV

Enjoying new look and feel of T&V

Dear Mr. Hagedorn,

Wow! Right away I noticed the texture of Town & Village newspaper. I like it.

The quality of the paper is way better than the New York Times. The paper feels good and firm just like the staff of T&V. Keep up the good work. Kudos to all.

The only regret I have is that sometimes delivery comes on Friday. We missed the “Free Events this Week.” T&V is an excellent community newspaper. More power to you all.

Thank you.

Zosima, Emma
Phojanakong, ST

Editor’s note: Thank you for the kind words. Incidentally, we plan to speak with the USPS soon to see what can be done about late deliveries.

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6 thoughts on “Letters to the editor, Nov. 23

  1. With a drastic increase in bike riders, this is bound to become a bigger problem. As a bike enthusiast, I firmly believe that 70-80% of riders are responsible and follow traffic rules. However, those 20-30% of biking renegades put not only pedestrians in danger, but also other riders. I think a few major police crackdowns, with hefty ticketing, is needed at this point before someone ends up dead. As is the case with driving, if you aren’t doing anything wrong, you would have nothing to worry about with police crackdowns.

  2. Reckless bike riders have become a type of urban terrorist with the danger they present to innocent pedestrians and other riders. They inflict serious injury and get away with it.

    • If we could only figure out a way to get the bicyclists to aim for the dogs, we’d see some real QOL progress around here…

  3. NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law. Section 1231: Bikers are…subject to all duties applicable to operator of vehicle.

    In other words, you have to stop for traffic lights.

    Gotta disagree with your numbers, Steve. Go to any non-major intersection on 1st Ave & see. 95% of bikers do not stop for lights. Nor do they particularly look out for pedestrians at non-major intersections. I find that if they do stop or slow down, it’s primarily because they’re worried about getting hit by crosstown traffic.

    The worst offenders for sure are business-related. Messengers, the worst. Then deliverymen. I totally support licenses for business-related bikes.

    Accident stats are under-reported. Especially serious accidents. The bikers flee, and if the pedestrian is hospitalized, I’ve been told that the police won’t accept a late-filed report. Not like a car accident where cops are present and a report is filed.

    This is a long festering issue that the police always push to the side and our pols do little about. So I expect business as usual.

    Of course riding on sidewalks is illegal. That’s another story.

    • Forget the fact that the pols do nothing, what about the police? They are at about 99.9% failure rate on catching red light scofflaws! The 13th precinct is especially bad at this. Their current commanding officer needs to be replaced.

    • Barry, I was definitely being generous with my numbers, and I have my riding down to a science to avoid certain routes and time of day that I ride. First avenue is horrible, and I almost never ride it unless desperate.

      This city is going to have major bike riding issues in the very near future if they don’t start acting to reduce the crazy bikers now.

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