Cyclist killed in Greenpoint collision

A bicyclist was killed after colliding with a box truck in Greenpoint Tuesday.
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A bicyclist died after colliding with a box truck in Greenpoint on Tuesday.

The 58-year-old cyclist was in the southbound lane of McGuinness Boulevard near Norman Avenue at 3:51 p.m., when he “made contact” with a box truck heading in the same direction, according to a police spokesman, who could not provide more specific information regarding an investigation conducted by the Police Department’s Collision Investigation Squad.

Paramedics rushed the man to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to authorities.

No arrests have been made in the case, and police are withholding the victim’s name until his family can be notified, the Police Department spokesman said.

The Brooklyn biker is the 17th cyclist to die on city streets this year. His death came just hours after a tow truck in Staten Island fatally struck a cyclist at around noon Tuesday, and a few hours before a driver collided with a bicyclist in Queens shortly after midnight Wednesday, leaving him in critical condition, according to police.

He is also the 12th Brooklyn cyclist to die in a motor-vehicle collision this year. He follows Bushwick resident Devra Freelander, who was struck and killed by a cement truck in Williamsburg on July 1.

In the wake of Tuesday’s fatalities, bike advocates pounced on Mayor Bill de Blasio for failing to make busy streets such as McGuinness Boulevard — which does not benefit from a bike lane — safer for cyclists.

“These crashes are tragic examples of what happens in a city that purports to welcome cyclists but fails to dedicate protected space for bikes on the vast majority of its streets,” said Thomas DeVito, director of advocacy for Transportation Alternatives.

DeVito went on to demand the swift installation of a 100-mile protected bike lane network in the next two years and to immediately redesign every street where a serious crash occurs.

Lastly, the bike advocate challenged de Blasio to hit the saddle to experience the hazards of cycling in the five boroughs for himself.

“We call on Mayor de Blasio to join us on a bike ride so he can experience firsthand the reality New York City cyclists face every day,” DeVito said.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Updated 11:31 am, July 24, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
WTF? Does anyone know how to drive anymore? They need to make motorists get a driver's license, registration, and insurance. This has to stop!
July 23, 2019, 6:02 pm
OJ says:
So there are all these cyclists getting killed this year yet the politicians are going after cars in school zones where no child has died in recent memory. Time to pay attention guys and girls.
July 23, 2019, 6:10 pm
Ugh from Clinton Hill says:
I'm a driver and a biker and I swear over the last 10-15 years the sanity and empathy of drivers has disappear. I swear so many people now drive real cars like they do in video games and don't give a sh*t about anyone else. You know how many times I get the finger from someone I'm letting into my lane out of kindness. It's bonkers!
July 23, 2019, 7:43 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
Ugh from Clinton Hill If you're serious about that question a number years ago there was psychological tests done on animals that typically live in harmony who start to turn on each other when the population becomes so dense that it restricts these otherwise friendly species from moving freely. Another words New York City is so congested with automobiles, trucks and now bicycles that people become frustrated trying to get from one place to another then start becoming hostile towards one another.
July 23, 2019, 8:53 pm
Dom from Greenpoint says:
McGuinness has no bike lane and gets insanely busy. Crazy to bike it. Safer to go over a block and bike one of the side streets.
July 24, 2019, 4:54 am
Wilbur D. Horse from Spoke Kane says:
In this article, there is absolutely no evidence of wrongdoing by either the cyclist or the motorist. Yet everyone ASSumes that the motorist just Has to be guilty.
July 24, 2019, 6:15 am
Frank from Furter says:
let me first give my condolences to all those whose loved one were injured or have died. Its terrible to leave your home and not return. There are more bikers now. I have changed my driving habits and look out for them. I drove a cab in college years ago and its gotten much more crowded on the roads with a 50% increase in yellow cabs(thanks to increased medallions) and a 10,000 percent increase in black cars and apps. It used to be that there were days that traffic was light no more traffic is insanely heavy everyday. I no longer drive into Manhattan except to drive through it. I used to meet people there for dinner but parking has become outrageous. But there is only one safe way to protect bikers. Traffic must be separated. That means separate protected bike lanes...but not on every street. Bikers and trucks(and buses) must be separated and that means that there are streets that bikers need to stay off of. They should be provided parallel streets to ride on. But McGuinness Ave is a through truck route so the bikers need a parallel route.Parking must be removed if necessary(but I disagree with removing parking by central park as there is a bike lane in the Park). This will not be popular but it is necessary as bike riding increases. In Holland they have built separate bike lanes and it generally works well. Bikers there scrupulously follow the rules as to the drivers. BTW fines are based on your income. so the more you earn the higher the fines are..sometimes in the thousands of euros...
July 24, 2019, 6:21 am
Dom from Greenpoint says:
Frank there is a bike lane parallel to McGuinness it's on Leonard St two blocks over
July 24, 2019, 8:29 am
Ro from Park Slope says:
Firstly, my condolences to the families of those who have died. Secondly, sensational headlines do not true responsibility for the occurrence make. As of this writing (and reading) culpability has yet to be determined.
July 24, 2019, 8:43 am
Jim from Greenpoint says:
please, NO BIKERS ANYMORE......
July 24, 2019, 10:03 am
it's clear... says:
bikes and streets don't mix. NYC.GOV, pls stop encouraging people to ride bikes in the street. They don't need to die because the transportation infrastructure isn't kept up to meet the current and prior mayors desired population growth. They want the taxes from all these newbees but don't want to spend it on sound transportation infrastructure. What a shame all these people will die at the hands of NYC.GOV.
July 24, 2019, 11:01 am
Jim from Brooklyn says:
it's clear... says: agree 101
July 24, 2019, 11:07 am
Fact of the Day: Henry Ford was a nazi sympathizer.
July 24, 2019, 11:22 am
Susan Rosenfeld from Sheepshead Bay says:
To OJ, There have been many serious injuries but thankfully no deaths from speeding cars near schools. In Brooklyn, speeding cars have hit kids with their parents at their side. The PTAs at so many schools are gratified that the speed cameras are being implemented hopefully before the upcoming school year. Please research before posting.
July 24, 2019, 11:31 am
Bob from Brooklyn says:
JACK from BENSONHURST says: noting more just cursing at his best,
July 24, 2019, 11:47 am
content50 from Greenpoint ,Brooklyn says:
McGuinness Blv is NOT for Bicycles of any kind. In five boroughs of NYC and their congestion, is scary enough to drive a military tank. At the intersection of McGuinness Blv & Nassau ave or McGuinness Blv & Greenpoint ave, accidents happened almost every day. Another day on other unnecessary casualty's. Cycling belongs to the suburbs.
July 24, 2019, 1:54 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
LOL at all the fata$$es here commenting about cycling, who have never actually rode a bike. GFYS!
July 24, 2019, 2:30 pm
Maria from Greenpoint says:
Cyclists are insane on Driggs when you come off expressway...they zigzag n and out and out NOTHING. HONESTLY, IM SICK OF THEM AND THEY CHARGE RIGHT ACROSS MCGUINNESS....FOOLS
July 24, 2019, 2:31 pm
Barry from Kenya says:
Watch your mouth Maria, I'll call ICE on you! Bish!
July 24, 2019, 3:30 pm
Bill from Brooklyn Heights says:
Copy-editing suggestion for lede: "A bicyclist died after being hit by a truck in Greenpoint on Tuesday." 1) "A bicyclist died after colliding with a box truck in Greenpoint on Tuesday" implies that the cyclist hit the truck rather than vice-versa, and was therefore at fault; and 2) a 'box truck' is what, exactly? try instead: semitrailer, or delivery van, or garbage truck, or whatever.
July 25, 2019, 9:08 am
Sid from Boerum Hill says:
A box truck is a standard one frame truck. A box on a frame. Its not a semi trailer, a delivery van(which is normally a much smaller vehicle), nor a garbage truck. a deuce and a half, a lorry.
July 25, 2019, 11:04 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
STFU, Marion! I hope you get run over by a box truck while on the sidewalk. You are a piece of $hit, die in a fire!
July 25, 2019, 1 pm
Joann from Breezy point says:
Sad to hear another biker was killed. I will say that many bicyclist make stupid maneuvers, they weave in and out of traffic, they go against the traffic and do not adhere to the traffic laws, and for that matter neither do many drivers. I think that every bicyclist in the boroughs should have to register and insure their bicycles annually. Perhaps if they had some skin in the game, they would ride more responsibly, and be held accountable for their actions or lack thereof, just like drivers. Prayers for all the family's whose loved ones were hurt.
July 26, 2019, 2:49 pm

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