Australian tourist killed in New York after being hit by garbage truck

An Australian tourist biking in New York City has died after colliding with a garbage truck as she swerved to avoid a vehicle blocking the bike lane near Central Park.

Police said Madison Jane Lyden, 23, veered into traffic on Friday afternoon local time when a stationary taxi suddenly pulled in front of her.

Madison Jane Lyden was in the bike lane with a friend when she was fatally struck on Friday night. Source: CBS2

Ms Lyden was pronounced dead at a hospital.

A transportation advocacy group said it was “a crash waiting to happen” because “lazy and entitled drivers” are parking, dropping people off and idling in bike lanes.

Transportation Alternatives said Ms Lyden’s death “underscores the need for every major street in New York City to have a safe, protected space to travel by bike.”