2 Cyclists Killed, 1 Injured In Separate Collisions Across NYC Over 24 Hours

By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A cyclist is in critical condition after being struck by a car in Woodhaven early Wednesday morning, a day after two cyclists were killed in separate incidents across the city.

A 58-year-old cyclist was killed Tuesday when he collided with a box truck at Norman Avenue and McGuinness Boulevard, a busy four-lane highway.

It happened hours after 17-year-old Alex Cordero was struck and killed by a tow truck while riding his bike in Port Richmond on Staten Island.

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson has a plan that calls for dramatic street redesigns and 50 miles of new protected bike lanes per year.

John Orcutt with the advocacy group Bike New York says the mayor needs to ensure the plan doesn't get caught up in red tape.

"We need better protected bike lanes. We need some streets where cyclists are prioritized and you don't have a lot of through traffic," Orcutt said.

In the meantime, Orcut said better enforcement and new speed cameras will help reduce the number of collisions.

A total of 17 cyclists have been killed on city streets in 2019 compared to 10 in all of 2018.