Cyclist Hit by Truck on 9W, Breaks Collarbone

Bicyclist struck by a UPS vehicle in Sparkill.

A bicyclist riding on 9W in Sparkill was struck by a UPS truck at about 5 p.m. Wednesday evening, according to Orangetown Police.

Authorities said the cyclist suffered a broken collarbone. Police have not yet released information on who was at fault, or the victim's identity.

The safety of 9W—which runs from Palisades to Garnerville, and beyond—has been a hot-button issue this summer. 53-year old Pomona resident Janet Martinez was struck and killed, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"police-continue-to-probe-cyclist-s-9w-death"} --> by a car on 9W in June,

Harvey September 21, 2012 at 04:35 PM
There are bad cyclists and bad drivers. Those few that are, should not spoil it for the rest..
Marty Jacobson September 21, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Whether the bike hits the truck or the trick hits the bike, the bike(r) gets the worst of it. I agree with all the comments about the danger of 9W and the bikers who disrespect the rules of the road. That being said, many of the accidents are caused by drivers who are too impatient to wait for a safe time to pass a biker. Marty Jacobson
Chris September 22, 2012 at 10:10 PM
They need to issue tickets to people on bikes that don't ride correctly. Yesterday evening, there was a woman riding on Central Higway in Stony Point and she was riding against the traffic on the left side of the road. She was going head on with another cyclist and he made a nasty remark to her. This woman was not wearing a helmet and we were getting honked at waiting to make a left hand turn so she could pass the intersection fo Filors Road. I guess the driver behind us would have preferred that she get mowed down by an SUV,
Randy September 25, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Pedestrians have issues with cyclists too. Many of the cyclists don't stop when approaching a stop sign or a red light and don't yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. I have dodged a few cyclists recently when walking my dog. Bottomline in my opinion is that many cyclists want their right to the road upheld but don't feel the need to obey the laws that vehicles are required to do.
jim kelly September 25, 2012 at 12:17 PM
I'm always facinated by the law-and-order attitude people espouse in these cycling articles. I'm all for it... for everyone... but I don't think those calling for it truly are. NOBODY (okay, next to nobody) drives the speed limit as if it's the limit. Instead, "keeping up with traffic" is the rule. The reality out on the roads is not law and order, but mob rule... and the misbehaving bikes interfere with the misbehaving cars are part of a different mob. As a cyclist I believe cyclists need to behave better to earn a little repect in sharing the road. That said, SHARING ISN'T EASY; a cyclist riding legally and courteously is still going to be an obstacle for a car to pass on most roads.


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