Bicycle Collision On 5th Ave Tuesday A Common Occurrence, Store Owner Says

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5th Avenue at Prospect Place (Photo: Pamela Wong/Bklyner)

PARK SLOPE – A bicyclist was hit by a truck on 5th Avenue Tuesday morning in Park Slope.

The incident was caught on the surveillance camera at Milan Optique at 83 5th Avenue. At 7:44am on July 16, the video captured a truck heading toward the Barclays Center near the intersection of 5th and Prospect Place. A cyclist traveling behind the truck passes the vehicle on the left, going into the center of the road, and collides with an oncoming truck on the opposite side of the road.

A neighbor told Bklyner following the incident that he was walking to work Tuesday morning when he heard the accident about a block away. “The bike was destroyed and the rider was unresponsive and his leg was shaking,” he recounted. “He looked like he was hurt very badly. I stayed on site until the fire truck arrived.” The FDNY arrived in about six minutes, he noted.

The unconscious victim was taken to NY-P Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, according to an FDNY representative. Information on his condition was not available.

“This is Park Slope. Stuff like this happens all the time,” said Vladmir, owner of Milan Optique, who provided the above video of Tuesday morning’s incident.

“Bicyclists don’t care,” he added, saying he often sees accidents on 5th Ave. To prove his point, he showed Bklyner another video from later that same day (Tuesday at 8:27pm) showing a bicyclist and a scooter colliding while traveling west (toward Warren Street) on 5th Avenue. See that footage below.

“It’s a really small street,” Vladmir says of 5th Avenue, noting accidents are common  with “trucks, cars, and constant traffic” and cyclists “flying” into the middle of the road to avoid opening car doors. “It happens constantly,” he insists.

This incident occurs a week after hundreds of bicycling activists staged a die-in at Washington Square Park in Manhattan, demanding that Mayor de Blasio do more to prevent bicycling deaths. There have been 15 bicycle-related deaths in the city so far this year—10 have been in Brooklyn. The most recent happened on Monday, July 1, when 28-year-old Devra Freelander was struck and killed by the driver of a cement truck in Williamsburg.

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  1. The video does look like it was the cyclist fault, but the box truck looked like it was going over the speed limit of 25MPH. So, it’s not just cyclists who don’t care. The driver’s don’t care and they’re the ones driving death machines.

    I was hit by a car on 5th Ave last night. It was the car’s negligence and fault. He was parked in a bus stop and pulled recklessly out into the street without looking or yielding. He hit my bike and mangled it. I was thrown to the pavement. Luckily, I was spared serious injury. The guilty negligent driver wasn’t giving any summons or violation.

    The police fail to keep 5th Ave safe. Cars try to speed around bikes all the time. No one cares in this city anymore, especially the NYPD and vehicle drivers. The neglect to police our streets and lack of enforcement filters down to the mentality of the vehicle drivers who know they won’t be punished and they stop caring because the police stopped long ago.

  2. 5th avenue is a busy commercial street. it is also much too narrow. it is unsuitable for any kind of bike lane. there is a protected bike lane planned for one block away on 4th avenue, which is also problematic. another black away is a non commercial street that wold be perfect for a protected ‘commuter’ bike lane. 6th avenue which has none. if we actually had a transportation planner in NYC, it would be serving to provide a safe bike route to and from downtown brooklyn from south west brooklyn to about 39th street along greenwood cemetery on 5th avenue. it could then transition to 6th avenue, but who cares? it seems the goal is numbers to earn green points rather than safety.

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