Breaking: Cyclist killed on — yes, on — the BQE

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A bicyclist was killed on — yes, on — the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway early Thursday morning after two cars hit him near the Atlantic Avenue exit, police said.

The 40-year-old victim was apparently in the Staten Island-bound lanes of the cars-only speedway at about 4:12 am when a town car hit him from behind, and a second car also struck him.

The man was taken to Long Island College Hospital where he died. His name wasn’t released, and it’s unclear if his family has been notified.

Neither car left the scene after the collision. There is no criminality suspected in the accident, cops said.

Local commuters were inconvenienced by delays as police investigated the accident site.

More on this story as it develops.

Updated 11:57 am, January 20, 2011
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Reasonable discourse

Larry Littlefield from Windsor Terrace says:
I'm sorry to hear that someone was killed, but obviously the reason is they did something absolutely wrong and put themselves in danger.

But there are two lessons to be considered.

First, as objections are raised to the allocation of a small share of NYC street space to those who ride bicycles, remember this. There are plenty of special fees paid by motor vehicles -- tolls, gas taxes and the like. But they are not used for city streets that bicycles deserve a share of. They are used for federal and state highways where, for the most part, cyclists are not allowed to go (and certainly shouldn't).

Second, there really is no place in the city for athletes who want to ride bicycles fast -- more than 15 mph -- for exercise and training. Doing so on city streets and in parks is dangerous for pedestrians and other bicycle riders. In fact I once saw a horrible collision between a cyclist riding fast on the Central Park Drive and a jogger running across it, and often feared something similar might happen in Prospect Park. At 15 mph you can stop a bike on a dime. Not at 35.

That may explain the cyclist on the BQE, and one I once passed on the FDR early on a Saturday morning.
Jan. 21, 2011, 9:49 am
BNY from Northside says:
Maybe 4 or 5 years ago I saw a bicyclist on the same stretch of the BQE, Northbound between Atlantic and Cadman Plaza.
I just followed him slowly but he didn't look disturbed by all the honking etc.
Mind you that was around noon on a weekend and not at 4am.
Guy was probably in his 40s at the time.
Jan. 21, 2011, 10:28 am
Dave from Clinton Hill says:
Sorry to hear this. I've seen it also on the Nassau St. Manhattan Bridge ramp where I stopped and told the guy to turn around as he was about to be right in a live lane. If you have no idea where you're going you can end up in the car lanes easily from that entrance.
Jan. 21, 2011, 11:38 am
Ben from Greenpoint says:
here is a copy of bikers in the city, taking over the city not following rules and regulations, people can be friendly only if there is a two way street, most of the bikers needs adjustment get some lessons how to share the road with others.. need respect give respect!!!
Jan. 21, 2011, 11:39 am
Opus the Poet from Garland TX says:
I blame the crackdown enforcing imaginary laws against cyclists causing cyclists to go where the NYPD will leave them to ride in peace.
Jan. 21, 2011, 2:29 pm
joe from williamsburg says:
I blame a drunk fool riding his bike on the BQE.
Jan. 21, 2011, 3:16 pm
fam says:
joe be more respectful he was my unkle he was the most loving person in the world one bad night do not make him a bad person :-( now he is gone
Jan. 21, 2011, 5:43 pm
Peters MOM from A bench on PPW says:
I blame Peter from park slope, peter from ppw,Peter Kaufman, mike from greenpoint, mike from ppw, mike from park slope, and all the other Peters and mikes!
Jan. 26, 2011, 6:08 pm

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