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U2 Lead Singer Bono Seriously Injured in Central Park Bike Accident

U2 Lead Singer Bono Seriously Injured in Central Park Bike Accident

U2 lead singer Bono, 54, had a cycling accident in New York City’s Central Park. He required five hours of surgery following the accident.

According to Fox News (11.17.14), the band publicized the incident in a short statement on the official U2 website. The post, which was attributed to guitarist The Edge, bassist Adam Clayton, and drummer Larry Mullen, said that they had to reschedule their appearance on NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” because they were “one man down.”

The New York Daily News provided an accident update on November 19. The tabloid reported that Bono “was zipping through the park when he swerved to avoid another rider.” The singer broke his shoulder in three places, shattered his left upper arm bone in six places, and broke a bone near his left eye. The accident was described as a “high energy” accident by doctors.

Bono’s accident should serve as a caution to other cyclists warned Men’s Journal (11.17.14). Bikers who are seeking to ride safely around a city should avoid multi-use urban spaces like Central Park because it and parks like it “are usually the most dangerous place in the city for bikers.”

To support this claim, the magazine cited a 2009 meta-review from the University of British Columbia that looked at types of infrastructure and crashes. The study found that multi-use trails that mixed pedestrian and bike paths posed the highest risk for cyclists, making parks more dangerous than major roads.

Bike crash statistics from the NYC Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) show that Central Park had 5.5 times as many single-bike crashes and five times as many bike-on-bike crashes as the next area in 2013. In bike-pedestrian crashes, Central Park and the Midtown South precinct shared the lead.

Men’s Journal recommends that Central Park cyclists ride between 6 and7 am on weekdays to avoid accidents. To reduce injuries and fatalities at all times, everyone using the park should obey the traffic laws. There is a separated bike lane in Central Park, but it “is treated as a mere suggestion” with many non-riders routinely crossing into the bike lane, observed Men’s Journal.

The Fox News story cited is “U2 frontman Bono injures arm in New York City bike accident.”

The New York Daily News story is “Bono shattered bones in arm and face in Central Park bike crash; mangled arm needed 18 screws, 3 plates: docs.”

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