E-bikes under fire as accidents, fatalities climb in NYC

As stage and display screen actress Lisa Banes clings to life, a rising refrain of New Yorkers is clamoring for a ban on e-bikes and scooters in bike lanes and public areas.

The clarion name comes as e-bike fatalities surged 233 % from simply six in 2019 to twenty in 2020, in accordance with metropolis Department of Transportation information. There have been eight fatalities to date this yr, together with not less than two pedestrians.

A Community Board 7 committee voted this week to ban electrical bikes from bike lanes, underscoring the mayhem and shut calls involving e-bikes on the Upper West Side.

The vote got here practically two months after the supervisor of Upper West Side restaurant Jing Fong was struck by an e-bike in the bike lane on Amsterdam Avenue close to 78th Street at about 1:30 p.m. on April 17. The e-bike operator — who remained on the scene — was not charged, police mentioned. Hing Chung, a 71-year-old Bensonhurst resident, succumbed to his accidents eight days later.

Lisa Banes
Lisa Banes was severely injured by a hit-and-run scooter driver.
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On April 16, a day earlier than Chung’s lethal encounter, a rushing e-biker mowed down a 67-year-old East Village photographer on Ninth Avenue and West thirty ninth Street in Midtown round 4 p.m. Unlike Chung, she lived to inform her story.

“The person didn’t stop. He just kept going. He knocked me down, I fell so fast it was unbelievable,” the shell-shocked shutterbug advised The Post. The injured lady — who requested anonymity — suffered a fractured left hip and required surgical procedure and a titanium rod was positioned from her hip to her knee. She spent 5 days in Lenox Hill Hospital and was out of labor for six weeks. The sufferer believes the hit-and-run e-biker was a deliveryman.

“They’re all over and they’re going the wrong way and they’re going fast and they don’t stop at the lights. They don’t care. They will hit you if you are in their way,” the photographer fumed. “The city has to regulate this because it’s so out of control.”

Queens actual property dealer Kelly Killian was strolling in Astoria on May 28 when she was struck by a deliveryman driving an e-bike round 8:30 p.m., police mentioned. The 54-year-old lady was reduce down on the nook of twenty first Avenue and thirty first Street, simply across the block from the place she lived, the Astoria Post reported. She later died from her accidents.

Queens real estate broker Kelly Killian
Queens actual property dealer Kelly Killian was killed in Astoria on May 28, 2021 when she was struck by a deliveryman driving an e-bike.

After “Gone Girl” actress Banes was critically injured June 4 by what cops say was a hit-and-run scooter driver on the Upper West Side, a sympathetic and “shocked” Neil Fazel posted the thespian’s photograph on a neighborhood Facebook web page and famous he was “messed up” by a streaking e-biker whereas jogging in Central Park in December.

The “fortunate” 55-year-old Fazel advised The Post he was operating alongside East Drive on Dec. 1 — “hugging the side of the road” round 7 p.m. — when the hit-and-run e-biker “came out of nowhere” and struck him from behind. Said the 5-foot-9, 172-pound Fazel: “I have a pretty robust body. I have really good bones. I’m reasonably muscular. If this had happened to someone a little bit older or someone more fragile, this could have been deadly.”

Fazel advised The Post the best deal with bar of the e-bike stabbed him in the again. When Fazel broke his fall along with his proper hand, his elbow went into his ribs. The bloodied Fazel suffered elevated eye stress, a non-displaced fractured rib and injured his left hand — he sleeps with a brace on it — in the e-bike assault. Fazel believes the offending operator, who wasn’t in a motorbike lane, was a deliveryman as a result of he “saw a white plastic bag hanging from the handlebar.”

“You dont hear them,” he mentioned. “They have the momentum of a motorcycle. I have some sympathy for people who use these to survive … But they go faster than the fastest cyclist … They go faster than some cars.”

Under New York State legislation, e-bikes at the moment are labeled in the identical class as common bicycles and are allowed to journey as much as 25 mph, the identical as the pace restrict for automobiles.

E-bike fatalities are climbing however should not but on the 2020 degree of deaths by motorbike (51) or automobiles (70), in accordance with DOT information.

“Those are all fatalities where the victim was a motorcyclist or motor vehicle occupant,” a DOT spokeswoman mentioned.

E-bike fatalities surged 233 % from simply six in 2019 to twenty in 2020, in accordance with metropolis Department of Transportation information.
Robert Miller for NY Post

As of June 10 this yr, there have been 11 motorbike fatalities and 29 motorcar occupant deaths, the company mentioned.

Fazel mentioned he hopes actress Banes recovers and that the highlight on the tragic incident will result in safer streets. “I told my partner at the time [of his own e-bike accident] that when someone famous gets hit, then things will happen.”

As for Banes, her situation stays unchanged. The NYPD on Friday mentioned “there are no arrests at this time” and confirmed the hit-and-run car is “a red and black scooter that fled northbound on Amsterdam Avenue.”

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