Injured Attorney Richard Bernstein Disturbed By Mayor Bloomberg's Remarks
Attorney Richard Bernstein, who suffered a fractured hip and pelvis after being struck by a bike in Central Park last week while walking on a pedestrian path, was none too happy with the response from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Bloomberg was quoted as saying:
Crain's Detroit reports that Bloomberg told the press on Friday:
"Keep in mind, the number of people hit by bicycles is really, very, very small, particularly if you look at the number of pedestrians that are hit by automobiles or trip and fall.
"What we've got to do is understand that if we want to have more bicycle lanes and more bicycles, bicyclists are going to have to, like everybody else, act responsibly."
Bernstein, 38, who is recovering from his injuries at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York responded on his Facebook page:
"I'm thoroughly disappointed by the reaction Mayor Bloomberg and his staff have taken when confronted with the issue of pedestrian safety and cycling accidents in New York City's parks. The fact that the Mayor's office would issue a comment stating that speeding bikes 'are not a huge problem' in the city's parks and surrounding areas calls to question whether or not the mayor and his staff are properly researching issues such as these."