NEW YORK CITY — One of New York City’s most prominent officials had a nerve-wracking experience on the city’s roads.
Public Advocate Jumaane Williams tweeted he got hit by car Thursday morning while riding his bicycle. Everyone’s OK and he got checked for minor injuries “just in case,” he wrote.
“It could have been much worse, and thank G-d it wasn’t,” he wrote.
Williams is no stranger to putting himself in tense situations, especially amid recent protests over police brutality. Memorably, he lambasted Mayor Bill de Blasio during a memorial for George Floyd.
He didn’t mention de Blasio in his tweets about the bicycle crash, but two groups of safe streets advocates did.
Transportation Alternatives and Families For Safe Streets leaders both issued statements claiming the crash is more evidence bicycling is only “barely safe” in the city.
“That biking in some parts of New York City is so pervasively dangerous that Public Advocate Williams would be struck can only be described as a terrifying wake up call for Mayor de Blasio,” said Marco Conner DiAquoi, deputy director of Transportation Alternatives, in a statement.