Brooklyn Brewery co-founder Steve Hindy, whose son Sam died in a horrific bike crash on the Manhattan Bridge last week, is using the tragedy to demand more bicycle safety.
His plans are not specific yet, but he says: “I’m focused on doing more to improve safety for bicyclists in New York City.”
Sam Hindy, 27, was killed on Nov. 16 after he and a friend mistakenly biked onto the upper level of the bridge, which is reserved for cars and trucks. When Hindy turned around, he hit a concrete barrier and fell to the lower level, where he was hit by an oncoming car.
His father, who rides a bike from his Park Slope home to the brewery on North 11th Street, thinks cyclists need more than just bike lanes
“It’s not just the bike lanes or the lack of bike lanes, it’s the culture of cars,” said Hindy. “People don’t pay attention to bicyclists. They think roads are built for cars and not for bicyclists.”
The Hindy family held a memorial Tuesday night at the Picnic House in Prospect Park that was attended by 500 people, where they asked that donations be made in their son’s name to Transportation Alternatives, an advocacy group that supports bicycle lanes and mass transit.