NYPD Has Started Tracking Bicycle Accidents

04/06/2012 1:56 PM |

Mathieu Lefévres ghost bike memorial.

  • Mathieu Lefévre’s ghost bike memorial.

The NYPD has historically had a troubled relationship with cyclists, and that’s putting it mildly. Last summer, cyclists prepared a class action lawsuit against the NYPD for issuing bike tickets on bogus charges, and later that year, the department was accused of mishandling evidence in the case of cyclist and artist Mathieu Lefèvre, who was brutally hit and killed by a flatbed truck. Still, some are hopeful that new rules starting this week will improve the NYPD’s treatment of cyclists. As of Thursday, the NYPD has started keeping track of bicycle accidents, completing full accident reports (rather than brief information cards) for each one, reports the Daily News.

“This reporting process will allow the department to track bicycle accidents like typical car accidents,’’ Inspector Kim Royster, an NYPD spokeswoman, told the News.

Previously, the NYPD only investigated bike accidents if a person died or was “likely” to die, which left many crashes resulting in serious physical injury unpursued by the law. Today, Councilman Stephen Levin, who introduced a bill last month that would force police to investigate those accidents, tweeted that he was hopeful the new rules meant the “beginning of real change in approach.”

[via Daily News]