The parents of a cyclist who was recently crushed to death by a semi-truck on an Upper East Side street endorsed congressional candidate Suraj Patel over veteran Reps Carolyn Maloney and Jerrold Nadler for a new congressional seat.
The mother and father of 28-year-old Carling Mott held an emotional news conference Monday near East 85th Street, where their daughter was fatally shot on July 27. They said challenger Suraj Patel had a bike and road safety plan that would prevent future accidents.
Patel — who is running in the Aug. 23 Democratic primary for the 12th congressional district, which spans Manhattan’s east and west sides — supports putting bike lanes on the streets of the Upper East Side, which Maloney, who has represented the area for decades, was .
“Any bike path is better than my daughter’s death,” said Carling’s father, James Mott.
“It’s just beyond my comprehension that it wasn’t done four or five years ago when it could have been done.”
Carling’s mother, Janice Mott, said, “This shouldn’t happen again.”
Janice said she “absolutely” believes a bike path would have saved her daughter’s life.
“Absolutely. No question in my mind. Because my daughter was a motorcyclist. She didn’t just pick up the bike and couldn’t control it,” said Janice.
The Motts decided to support Patel after seeing a column he had written about bike safety on the streetblog.org website.
“Carling sent me angels. We would like to thank Suraj Patel from the bottom of our hearts for this opportunity, which allows us to give a face to this tragedy and start a movement,” said Janice Mott.
“We believe Suraj is the leader New York City needs today to meet our goals and New York City’s goals for safe bicycle corridors in New York City. Losing another life is too high a price to pay,” added Janice.
Carling was Nickelodeon’s executive producer and many friends and colleagues attended the press conference.
Carling Mott was traveling west on East 85th Street toward Madison Avenue around 10:50 a.m. on July 27 when she fell off her bicycle and was hit by a 2017 Great Dane trailer, police said.
The large rig was also traveling west on East 85th and was waiting next to Mott at a red light on Madison Avenue when the tragedy struck.
When the light turned green, Mott fell off her Citi bike for unknown reasons and was hit by the trailer truck, authorities said.
Mott, who lived less than a mile from the Yorkville scene, died after being rushed to Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Sources said the city’s Department of Transportation tried adding bike lanes to a number of blocks on the Upper East Side, including East 85th Street, back in 2016.
The plan, which would not have eliminated parking, called for 5-foot-wide painted bike lanes on East 85th, 84th, 78th, 77th, 68th, and 67th Streets between Central Park and East End Avenues, DOT records show.
But the plan was met with outrage from local residents, who feared the change would make the tony enclave less safe and bring more congestion.
A recording revealed that Maloney, a Democrat whose district covers the entire UES, contacted a Community Board 8 representative to speak out against the plan.
She’d said the plan was a problem because of the “security challenge” it would pose to posh private schools on the block, including Ramaz School, Loyola School and Regis High School, the veteran congresswoman said in voicemail.
While Patel declined to name Maloney as an impediment to cyclist safety, he nonetheless said, “I think we all know who they are and we’ve all seen them and it’s being reported.”
“I want to make sure that the daughter’s memory is honored and her message amplified and the change that comes from it.”
Maloney declined to comment. Nadler’s current 10th congressional district does not include the East Side.
But after the Democrats’ gerrymandering debacle, a court-appointed special master folded his Upper West Side base into a reconfigured 12th congressional district at Maloney’s East Side turf. Nadler runs into Maloney and Patel in the 12th disc instead of the 10th disc.
Nadler allowed himself to be commented on immediately.
https://nypost.com/2022/08/08/parents-of-killed-bicyclist-reject-nadler-and-maloney-for-congress/ Parents of slain cyclist reject Nadler and Maloney for Congress