Why would the Brooklyn DA need a vehicular crime investigating unit if there was adequate investigation of vehicular crime by the NYPD? It seems to me the shortcomings of the NYPD are well known by local prosecutors who are merely sidestepping the situation instead of actively working to correct it.
While a physical barrier is helpful for when no LEO are present, having a frequent police presence near the bridge, plus arresting a perp or 2 and charging with assault with a deadly weapon would be a more effective solution.
Other reports on this wreck have quoted NYPD as there was nothing they could charge the truck driver with, as if cyclists don't deserve the protections accorded other vehicle operators under the law. Bicycles are vehicles, too and are entitled to all the protections of the law. Pretending that because other cyclists run red lights or ride against traffic all cyclists are not deserving of the protections of the law is as silly as saying that because one cop tackled a cyclist off his bike for no reason that all cops deserve to get U-locked in the head, or because one cop raped a drunk woman that all cops should be castrated.
Protection under the law is not subject to the behavior of others in the group, it is subject to the law and only the law.
So, while cyclists are getting tickets all out of proportion to both their numbers and their ability to cause harm, drivers running over cyclists are getting away scot free? I smell a civil rights lawsuit coming, with billions of dollars in payouts, and possibly a few heads rolling downtown.
How did the van get inside the park with all those cops at every entrance? There should be a class-action lawsuit filed against NYPD for this affair. The van should not have been in the park, and NYPD should have ticketed the driver for being in the park long before he could have hit the cyclist. That nothing impeded the van driver from entering the park during this heightened enforcement against cyclists just shows the level of bias in NYPD.
A big part of the problem with bicycle-pedestrian interaction in the parks is that the pavement markings only apply for the times when cars are in the park, with other rules for the rest of the time. Unfortunately these rules are not posted on the roads where people can see them but in signs at the entrances of the parks away from the roads. I'm sure that most cyclists, especially from out of town riding rented bikes, have no idea that when the cars are not there the road is for bikes and the bike lane is for joggers and insist on following the road markings that the bike lane is a bike lane for bikes to ride in, hence conflict.
Perhaps making the road markings clearer or eliminating using the park roads as a cut-through for cars all the time would result in a little more harmony between park users.
This is just so senseless. Drivers need to watch what is on the road in front of them, there could be a cyclist, a stranded motorist, a pedestrian, all just trying to get from A to B without getting killed or injured.
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