Cyclist doored on Jay Street

Doored: A cyclist was taken to the hospital with minor injuries after a driver hit the rider with the car’s door on Jay Street on Monday morning.
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A bicyclist was taken to the hospital with minor injuries after a car passenger opened a door into the pedal-pusher on Jay Street on Monday morning, police report.

The cyclist was riding his bike towards the Manhattan Bridge at around 11:40 am when the driver of a sport utility vehicle stopped in the bridge-bound traffic lane outside MetroTech to drop his son off for work, said the car’s operator, who refused to give his name.

He claimed his son checked his rearview mirror, opened the door to get out, and the cyclist smashed into it. The driver alleged that the cyclist was riding outside of the bike lane — which is interrupted by a bus bay that is often congested with vehicles — at the time.

The Department of Transportation installed a dedicated bike lane protected by a row of cars on Jay Street this summer, but the notoriously treacherous stretch still has presented challenges to cyclists, drivers, and pedestrians.

On Oct. 11, a dump truck driver hit and critically injured a cyclist as he was turning from Jay Street onto Tillary Street.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Brian Howald from Brooklyn Heights says:
It's hard to tell exactly where the crash took place, in the protected bike lane before Myrtle Ave (Promenade) or in the bus stop at the Promenade.

If the passenger opened his door into a cyclist in the protected portion of the lane, that would be a traffic infraction (opening your door into moving traffic). If he did it in the bus stop portion of the lane, where it passes to the left of the bus stop, then his father illegally stopped at a bus stop. In either case, either the father or son committed a traffic violation, and now someone is in the hospital.

Nice work, law-breaking motorists.
Oct. 24, 2016, 4:10 pm
Brian Howald from Brooklyn Heights says:
Sorry, the other possibility is that it was stopping in a traffic lane to discharge. Also, not allowed.
Oct. 24, 2016, 4:13 pm
Rob from NY says:
The NYS DMV should be teaching the "Dutch Reach" method of opening a car door.
Oct. 25, 2016, 9:30 am
Resident from Brooklyn says:
Jay Street is too congested and crazy for private car traffic. It should be limited to pedestrians, cyclists, and transit.
Oct. 25, 2016, 10:24 am
NattyB from Park Slope says:
Why is this guy dropping his son off at one of the most transit accessible parts of the City? Why aren't they being charged?

The city is festooned with these crap bike lanes that are in "door zones," and they won't even lift a finger when someone is harmed in a freaking "protected bike lane."

Vision Zero is a freaking joke and the Mayor and the NYPD are the biggest reasons why.
Oct. 25, 2016, 11:02 am
Biketastic from NYC says:
If we just get rid of these dopey bike lanes, drivers won't have that "wasn't in the bike lane" excuse anymore.
Oct. 25, 2016, 12:10 pm
John from Brooklyn says:
As previous comments said - there's no reason why cars need to be on Jay Street aside from the pure laziness of the fat slobs that drive around this city.
Oct. 25, 2016, 12:32 pm
frank from furter says:
It is NOT illegal to stop and drop someone off in a no standing zone. You MAY drop off a passenger is a no standing zone.
Oct. 25, 2016, 12:37 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
you guys are hysterical, murderers, fat slobs, law breaking motorists

lmfao - there should be a laugh track - crap happens - buck up
Oct. 25, 2016, 12:38 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
For example, I was eating in my car at a red light the other day (cause I have no self control and need to eat my big mac NOW!!!) and I gambled on a fart which turned out to be a large puddle of shart. Did I complain? NO! I pressed on and finished my meal. Hell I kept wearing my soggy sweat pants til they dried. You people need to grow up.
Oct. 25, 2016, 12:55 pm
Colleen from Brooklyn says:
The driver of this car (and his son) are murderers! Send them to jail!
Oct. 25, 2016, 2:25 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I can't believe how some of you bike zealots just jump to conclusions without reading the whole thing. The third paragraph pretty much states what happened. His son did look before opening. Therefore, the dooring wasn't intentional hence they are not solely responsible for their actions, which is why they haven't been charged. Why didn't the cyclist just slow down or even stop when approaching them? Was he in a hurry to get somewhere? It seems that some of the accidents that the cyclists are getting into does involve them placing themselves into harm's way especially since they are known for flouting traffic laws. Unless you can prove that the dooring was on purpose, they are off the hook. What's next here? If I stop a person from trying to rob or murder me by hitting him, he can press me for assault charges despite his intentions in that I hit him much harder? Then again, according to the bike zealots, anyone is guilty just for having a motor vehicle.
Oct. 25, 2016, 4:16 pm
David from Brooklyn says:
Tal, you really are a f-cking moron. Beat it fatty.
Oct. 25, 2016, 4:39 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
David, instead of making personal attacks, prove that the dooring was intentional, otherwise knock it off.
Oct. 25, 2016, 5:40 pm
David from Brooklyn says:
1) Is it legal for a bike to travel in any lane? Yes, it is.

2) Is it legal for a car driver to stop in the travel lane and/or bike lane and let someone out? No, it's not

3) Is a person getting out of a car in said ILLEGAL situation required to exercise due care? Yes, they are.

4) Does that indicate intent? No, it does not but it established negligence of which the cops and DA have rights to charge on. The door opener will unlikely see criminal charges but if I was the victim I'd sue them into bankruptcy.

So think before you speak you fat POS dumba-s. Yes, that was a personal attack.
Oct. 25, 2016, 6:03 pm
frank from furter says:
traffic violations are not an intent type crime. The driver is responsible for what the passengers do. The violation can be written without any intent to violate at all.
Oct. 25, 2016, 8:38 pm
Frank from Furter says:
An eye for a eye went out with executing people for stealing. How about whipping ir caining. Penalties need to be proportional to the violation. But stopping in a no standing zone to drop someone off by itself is not a viilation
Let those who never have cut some one off or rolled thru a stop sign or crossed the street against the light cast the first stone. None if us are saints and you need to bike defensively too
Oct. 26, 2016, 3:55 pm
Frank from Furter says:
Ok I can't spell on this keyboard.
Oct. 26, 2016, 3:56 pm
hot from dog says:
Executing people for stealing is like a heart for an eye. If it was an eye for an eye you'd steal from someone who stole. If you kidnap someone the punishment is the government taking you away and locking you up, which is an eye for an eye. Also, no one is talking about taking his eyes, we just want him hit by a door. If the father had no eyes he couldn't watch. He already has no brain, and you can only wonder what kind of awful thing he did to deserve that.
Oct. 26, 2016, 5:04 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
old time - will you be my senior man slave?
Oct. 27, 2016, 11:49 am
old time brooklyn from slope says:
@ Tal,
Please tell me you're into pegging! Giving and receiving, mostly giving. My stretched out leather donut awaits your man meat too!
Oct. 27, 2016, 2:05 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
@ old time brooklyn
One word of warning --- I don't pull out, just like my daddy didn't
Oct. 27, 2016, 2:42 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I just can't understand the impersonations done by the bike zealots, but I guess that is what they do once they couldn't prove on the dooring being intentional, which shows how low they can really go.
Oct. 27, 2016, 5:47 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I eat lead paint chips.
Oct. 28, 2016, 11:47 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I also eat the mung from under my mother's teats. Sometimes I just scrape and eat like when you make brownies, other times I spread it on toast like butter.
Oct. 28, 2016, 1:48 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Oct. 28, 2016, 5:53 pm

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