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Hundreds hit by bikes every year

Only days after the city announced 10,000 bikes will flood city streets next year in New York’s first-ever bike share program, a new study released yesterday revealed that 1,000 pedestrians across the state are injured each year by cyclists.

The study was commissioned by the Stuart C. Gruskin Foundation. Gruskin was walking in Midtown in 2009 when a bike deliveryman riding the wrong way down a one-way street collided with him, knocking him down. Gruskin later died of traumatic head injuries.

His wife, Nancy Gruskin, started the organization and paired with Hunter College to collect statistics on bike incidents in New York. The data showed a spike in accidents during the summer months, with most accidents happening in East Harlem and in July.

More rogue riders?

Jack Brown, director of the Manhattan-based Coalition Against Rogue Riding, said the bike share will only mean more injuries. Brown said a cyclist once slammed into him on Second Avenue.

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