We had heard some wire reports of a fatal bike accident on West Houston and LaGuardia, and NY1 just had an update. A cyclist headed down LaGuardia and was trying to squeeze between a truck and van in the construction area. He fell off the bike and got caught under the truck, with a wheel going over his head.
Houston Street has long been a dangerous road for bikers; last year, there were a few deaths (one woman was hit by a trash truck, a man was killed by a delivery truck) making us wonder if it was the bike Boulevard of Death and reinforcing the need for crosstown bike lanes. It's unclear how the big Houston Street construction project has affected the incidence of car accidents, but from our experience, it can be hard to see some vehicles making turns.