Bicycle Roots, the woman’s owned bicycle shop (1078 Fulton St.-Brooklyn) wants to do more than just sell bikes:
At Bicycle Roots, we try to be more than just a bike shop. Any shop can sell bicycles. But we consider the business of building a community of cyclists to be our main commodity.
They are working hard to pressure the NYPD’s Accident Investigation Squad (AIS for short) to investigate crashes between motorists and cyclists.
Here is more from their blog:
Recently, there have been a number of high-profile cases in which a reckless driver has harmed or killed a cyclist, pedestrian, or other user of alternative transportation. These cases are not occurring in isolation—it’s the rule, rather the exception, that a reckless driver can walk away from the scene of the crime with little more than a slap on the wrist. No fines, no jail time even when they have killed or severely maimed an individual.
This affects our whole community. We know that safety is the number one concern of local riders. Everyone has either had an incident with a driver, or knows someone who has. This fear is legitimate, and it’s a big obstacle to getting people to consider their bicycle as their main form of transportation. Join us in holding the NYPD’s Accident Investigation Squad (AIS for short) accountable for investigating these incidents properly, and setting a precedent for other municipalities in handling incidents between drivers and users of alternative transportation.
They site a story of the shop’s PR director Cassandra, a former messenger, who shares her personal account of a crash in NYC on the job.
It makes for a good personal account of a crash and example of how much the NYPD need to take these violent encounters much more seriously.
Read more: here.