MANHATTAN (PIX11) – New York City streets are notoriously dangerous for just about everyone, but for cyclists there is always a particularly painful encounter looming — being doored in traffic.
The chances of being doored are surely higher while passing a taxi — passengers hurrying to get out of the backseat of a car they don’t own are probably the least likely to look behind them.
For just that reason, many bicyclists wear helmet cams in case of an accident — just like this one. Biking at a high speed — but in the bike lane — this guy takes a door to the face and goes flying. What follows is a moderate level of concern by and for all people involved, but as a crowd grows, the finger-pointing begins.
The cyclist blames the driver for dropping people off in the bike lane, the driver says his door is now broken because his fare didn’t listen to him and the teary-eyed woman who threw open the door claims she never heard anything. This is not to mention the man who had the unfortunate luck to park his SUV in the path of a flying cyclist. Perhaps the star of the entire video is the guy who walks up eating chips and inserts himself in the situation at 5:12.
So who’s to blame? You be the judge.