January 18, 2019
The mother of an Australian tourist who was killed while biking near Central Park roasted Whoopi Goldberg on Friday for repeatedly griping on “The View” about the city’s bike lanes.
Amanda Berry said a protected bike lane would’ve saved the life of her 23-year-old daughter, Madison Jane Lyden, who was mowed down after she was forced to swerve out of the way when an Uber driver strayed into the bike lane.
“It’s devastating to hear someone with such a big megaphone complaining about protected bike lanes. If there had been a protected bike lane on Central Park West, my daughter would still be alive today,” Berry said in a statement released by pro-bike group Transportation Alternatives.
Berry continued, “I haven’t been to New York, but I understand that most residents don’t drive, and that many use bikes for daily transportation. These bike riders need to be protected, just as my daughter needed to be protected.”
Goldberg landed on The Post’s cover for her diatribe during Mayor Bill de Blasio’s appearance on Wednesday’s episode of “The View.”
“You screwed the city up!” she told the mayor before grousing about the city’s 83 miles of bike lanes.
On the show the next day, she doubled down, saying the concrete barriers along some of the city’s bike lanes created potentially dangerous situations.
Lyden, who was pedaling along Central Park West near West 67th Street on Aug. 10, was run over by a private sanitation truck.
Berry previously ripped Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance for not pressing charges against the truck driver, Felipe Chairez, whom cops charged with DWI after finding empty beer cans inside the vehicle. The Uber driver, Jose Peralta, also wasn’t charged.
Transportation Alternatives has since petitioned de Blasio to install a two-way protected bike lane along the span of Central Park West, saying 136 cyclists have been injured or killed there since 2011.
A resolution to install the lanes was approved by Community Board 7 on the Upper West Side in October, NY 1 reported.