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Bono’s ‘Spill’ Shows Biking in NYC No Easy Ride in the (Central) Park

Bono, the frontman for Irish rock band U2 was injured riding his bike in Central Park over the weekend, forcing the band to postpone its residency on the Tonight Show.  (Photo:  Getty)

Bono, the frontman for Irish rock band U2 was injured riding his bike in Central Park over the weekend, forcing the band to postpone its residency on the Tonight Show. (Photo: Getty)

Bono, frontman for Irish band U2, is laid up after a biking “spill” in New York City’s Central Park that will force the band to cancel its week-long “Tonight Show” residency. Biking in the city is no easy ride.

Even in the city’s premiere green space, were car traffic is prohibited on weekends, riding a bike can be a dangerous undertaking.

The problem, too many bikers and pedestrians sharing the save pavement. A six-and-a-half-mile road loops around the park that is a favorite of joggers, pedestrians pedicabs, scooters, skateboarders and bicyclers of all stripes.

In fact, New York City’s “beloved backyard,” is a weekly recreational battlefield, according to The New York Times. Two pedestrians were killed over the summer after being hit by a bicycler.

While the details of Bono’s biking accident have yet to be released, the accident could have happened in any number of ways.

Groups of bikers, often wearing cycling gear and riding high-end road bikes race around the loop at high speed blowing past casual riders and pedestrians. Novice bikers who try to keep up are often clipped or driven off the road.

Bono, 54 may also have been trying to dodge pedestrians and joggers, some of whom think they are entitled to the right-of-way no matter what.

The loop also contains one fairly steep downhill grade where its possible to hit speeds of 30 mph on a bike without really trying. Wet conditions and fallen leaves on the road can make conditions slippery.

The U2 frontman is expected to fully recover, but injured his arm seriously enough to require surgery. It sounds from reports that he either broke his arm or dislocated his elbow, common injuries in bike spills.

The band released a statement on its Web site from guitarist Edge, bass player Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr., delivering the news. “We’re sure he’ll make a full recovery soon, so we’ll be back!” they said.

No word on when the “Tonight Show” residency will be reschedule.

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