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At least five delivery bicyclists have died in the first six months of the year in New York City. Many more have been injured while riding their bikes on the job. That's according to an advocacy group called Biking Public Project. The most recent cyclist to die was a 20-year-old who was hit by a truck in mid-June.

The group conducted a survey of the people they call "working cyclists" in 2017. Some 62% of those interviewed said they had been at least one collision with a vehicle. Additionally, 30% said they had been forced to miss days or work because of injuries suffered on the job.

That latter statistic is daunting when you consider that the New York State Department of Labor reports that just 1.5% of 100 full-time workers in the state had to miss work in 2017 because of work-related injuries.

A spokesperson for Biking Public Project said that working cyclists ride on streets that weren't designed for bikes and that they must work long shifts. They also don't have worker's compensation coverage, according to the group.

"They're working long hours under poor labor conditions; it puts them at more risk," the spokesperson said. "I think it's constant exposure on the streets, anywhere from eight to 12 to 16 hours a day, an enormous opportunity to have something happen no matter how experienced you are."

Demand for quick deliveries is rising, making workers' jobs harder and more dangerous. However, the advocacy group maintains that the city can redesign streets to make it harder for reckless drivers to run over and kill working cyclists.

In the most recent case, the cyclist and the truck driver were both headed north on Sixth Avenue when the accident occurred. The man was ticketed with five minor infractions.

New York City's streets are difficult to maneuver for even the most experienced drivers, but they must always take care to watch for pedestrians and bicyclists. Even if the criminal justice system is light on drivers involved in a crash, injured cyclists or the families of those who were killed may seek civil penalties from at-fault drivers.

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