Cyclist Injured After Hitting Baby Carriage & Dog On 9th Street

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A cyclist ended up in the hospital on Tuesday after colliding with a a baby carriage and a dog on 9th Street near 6th Avenue, according to the FDNY.

A spokesman for the fire department tells us they responded to the call just before 3pm today, and that they transported the cyclist, a 30-year-old man, to Methodist for his injuries. They say they did not bring any other people involved in the incident to the hospital, though they were unable to say if the pedestrians sustained any injuries themselves.

A neighbor who was on the scene sent us this report of the crash:

A man on a bike going down 9th Street ran the red light and crossed 6th Avenue. He ended up hitting, at full speed, a dog in the side, as well as knocking over a baby in a baby carriage and caused someones groceries to go flying all over the street. He ended up flipping over and falling off of his bike, too. The poor dog freaked out and took off running across 9th Street and was caught by a woman passing by. The baby was crying hysterically. The man was curled up in a ball on the street covering his head.

Everyone close by began to help the woman with the baby, the man whose dog had been hit, and began to pick up the groceries that were spread over the crosswalk.

The neighbor notes she has had two narrow misses with cyclists recently in our area while she was in the crosswalk walking with the light.

“It’s ridiculous how many bicyclists in this neighborhood ignore traffic rules,” she adds. “I don’t know many people that have been hit by cars, but I do know many people that have been run over by bicyclists, myself included.”

If anyone knows anything about how those people involved in this crash are doing, please let us know in the comments or by email at editor@parkslopestoop.com, and if there’s anything neighbors can do to help if they need it.

  • http://www.yonazeldismcdonough.com Yona Zeldis McDonough

    Why do so many cyclists seem to think that the traffic laws do not apply to them? I fully support cycling for all kinds of reasons but cyclists need to obey traffic laws–and red lights–to keep themselves and everyone safe.

  • Jane m

    I believe bicyclists should be licensed just like motorcyclists. They should be required to obey all traffic laws. I pray the baby & dog are both ok.

    • MatthewEH

      The cost of a cyclist licensing apparatus would be huge and burdensome for very little practical gain. As an isolated data point, when was the last time a pedestrian was killed by a scofflaw cyclist in NYC? 2009. How many pedestrians have been killed by cars in NYC in that time? I’ll leave that as homework.

      Not to mention that cycling onstreet is something a normal 8 year old should be able to do, if we’re building our streets and our neighborhoods right. You want little Timmy to need to take a road test to go to Pier 6?

      Cyclists are already required to obey traffic laws, of course. No more or less than other road users. I think your energy would be better spent lamenting the way that drivers of motor vehicles fail to live up to these standards: they speed, turn unsafely, fail to yield to pedestrians with the right of way, and when things go wrong it causes real carnage. And not just in odd-duck stories like this one. Driver malfeasance is just *so* much more dangerous than practically anything a cyclist can do…

      • Anonymous

        If he wasnt fined, maybe his injuries will serve as a lesson to obey traffic laws. It wasnt a car or motorist who hit these people, it was a cyclist who thinks hes better than pedestrians and above common courtesy. No one should yeild to someone on a bike, and hes lucky he didnt kill one of these people. I dont feel bad for this person as I see their type all the time. Follow the rules, and dont get hurt.

      • Ellen J

        I have never had a car go through a red light while I was crossing in the crosswalk WITH the light, its driver cursing at me as if I am the one in the wrong. This has happened to me with cyclists innumerable times. The cyclists in Park Slope seem to think that traffic laws (and common sense and common decency) apply only to pedestrians and motor vehicles.

    • NYC Parent

      Jane m
      As tempting as wanting to “license” and “regulate” every activity is, I think that this would we way, way too much of an intrusion of government into what should be a basic, simple activity.
      Yes, enforce traffic rules, but let’s not use a bad example a reason to create another layer of the DMV, licensing fees (and doubtless inspections, registrations of bikes, etc) so as to gum up and over complicate yet another aspect of our lives.

  • MatthewEH

    The person who appears to have been badly injured in this story is the POB, not the baby, the dog, or the grocery shopper. Someone on a bike who does something unsafe and crashes has a *lot* of skin in the game. Lawbreaking that is NOT innocuous, as in this case, will come back to bite the cyclist pretty damned readily, and this is a pretty good illustration.

    Let’s leave legality aside here, as the rules are really just proxies for pushing people towards safer behaviors. And, surprise, this happens very much imperfectly when rules intended for cars are applied to bikes.

    (POB == person on a bike. Being a legit cyclist is a question of experience and outlook, not necessarily of current modality.)

  • SimonJester753

    I own 5 bicycles, was the editor of the New York Cycle Club bulletin and taught bike repair. I’m ready to carpet the bike lanes with thumb tacks. I’ve had 2 cyclists yield to me while I’m crossing with the light. The rest of them assume you’ll jump out of their way. They seem to think they’re saving the world because they’re on a bike and the rest of us just have to get out of their way.

  • Bikecommuter

    I ride my bicycle to work and back from Queens to the Bronx,everyday is that it doesn’t rain, even in the winter time as long as it doesn’t snow. One could say that cycling is a big part of my life. Regularly during my commute, there are pedestrians who don’t obey the signal at crosswalks, if there are no cars coming. Never the less, even though as a cyclist I have the light, the pedestrian still has the right of way.I will admit that I do not wait for every red light to change to green, however if there a pedestrianor cars present in the intersection, I wait, because I believe that it is as important to act in the interest of safety on a bike as it is behind the wheel of a vehicle. Additionally, I limit my speed when on the street. Some cyclists I have observed have a tendency to speed, and on 9th Street in the Slope, some of them get carried away coming down that nice long hill. It’s a careless thing to do and I wish people would be more cautious.

  • Bob van Pelt

    I’m a Park Slope bike commuter. My girlfriend and I made a very conscious decision to stop for EVERY red light when in traffic. I notice pedestrians are very wary of bikes, and so am I when I walk the streets. You won’t believe how many bikers speed by us and give us dirty looks for blocking their way. Bike culture is something you earn, you can’t take it for granted. I’m sorry this incident happened…

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