We’ve reported in recent days about the rise of cycle commuting in New York City but also about the attitude of the city’s police department when dealing with cyclists.
But in a story that reveals as much about the NYPD’s view of the increasing number of cyclists in their midst as it does about the New York Daily News’ take on the matter, the paper reports on how a 29-year old cycle commuter - named by one source as Chris Doyle a web developer and keen rider - was killed by a right-turning truck.
He died when crushed under the vehicle's right-hand side and the truck only stopped when flagged down by another vehicle further up the road.
It appears that the police made a judgement about the incident based on CCTV footage from security cameras nearby and the Daily News reports they will not be pressing charges against the driver.
A police source told the publication: "The bicyclist was at fault. He should have seen the driver was about to turn. The bicyclist tried to rush by and you can't do that. The driver had to be going about 5 m.p.h."
Slow enough to feel an impact that takes someone’s life you might have thought, but apparently not.
As Streetsblog points out, the Daily News apparently didn’t see fit to ask questions about the actions of the driver prior to the incident, whether he indicated or not, the presence of correctly set mirrors, etc.
The Daily News simply accompanies the article with a crass and spurious poll asking: “Who’s more dangerous, bicyclists or drivers?”
Mercifully, that’s a level of press ignorance we have yet to see over here.