NYPD Hits Bike Riders With 1,400 Tickets in Two Weeks

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The first two weeks of the year saw the New York Police Department crack down on wild bike riders, delivering "an all-time high" amount of tickets for offenses like "going the wrong way, running lights, making illegal turns and riding on the sidewalk," according to a report in today's New York Post. The avalanche of summonses hit every borough, but none harder than Manhattan where 979 tickets were handed out, as compared to 315 in Brooklyn and 167 in Queens. "It's from now until forever," one person told the Post. "There is no set time." There will be no more riding free in this city.

For their part, the Post seems eager to target any unruly group of (mostly) young people, stacking four anti-bike quotes on top of one defensive take from a rider. The paper also calls the above stats city records, but also admits that the NYPD "did not have the exact number of bicycle tickets written out in Manhattan over any other two-week period." Their sources were pretty sure though! Even a waiter in Williamsburg, just 20-years-old, and a bike lane advocate were made to seem grumpy in soundbites:

"They should abide by the laws that are made for them.

"[The police] should give more summonses, and maybe people will obey the laws more."

Norman Steisel, of the advocacy group Neighbors for Better Bike Lanes, said he thought there was definitely a need for the crackdown.

"There's a lot of abusive riders who don't pay attention to whatever the rules of the road are for bikes," said Steisel, the city's former sanitation commissioner.

"They think they have free rein and . . . and they don't realize the dangers."

Another Brooklyn waiter, a cyclist, called the more stringent policing "annoying." And nuanced debate continues to thrive in our city's tabloids.

Never forget:

All out to end the 'cycle' [NYP via The L Magazine]

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Backjabin
Backjabin

These bikers are douce bags and should be arrested.

Al
Al

ask the cops how many of those 979 tickets were written in central park during the hours when the park is closed to cars. It makes as much sense to ticket bikers in CP when it is closed to cars as it does to go fishing in a barrel and then bragging about it. Ask how many of the tickets were given to wrong way riders. Ask how many were for riding on the sidewalks. It's pretty obvious this is more about PR than real safety since they are going after the easiest targets that pose little or not threat to the safety of the public.

Dave Jordan
Dave Jordan

when in a park, with no cars, why should a cyclist get a ticket if otherwise riding safely?

confectioner
confectioner

Riding a bike in NYC is plain dangerous, deliveries are made wherever truck feel like it, taxis swerve all over to get fares, double-parking blocks the lanes cyclists need with regularity, getting "doored" is always a risk, pedestrians cross wherever they fell like. As a cyclist I would routinely see dozens of parking and moving violations that should be ticketed as they result in dangerous situations. It's very, very hard to spot an incident where a cyclists might result in harm. Ticketing Chinese delivery bikes on the sidewalk will do much to enforce the safety of the city.

John Gerity
John Gerity

To paraphrase Utah Phillips, bike messengers are assholes, but they are their own asshole, see, it's when you grow up and become somebody else's asshole that we're all in trouble.

While I think they could be a little less out of control, I don't think going batshit crazy with tickets is the solution. This has a lot more to do with money than order, just like anti-immigration measures have more to do with keeping the privatized prison business booming rather than protecting anyone from the terrible evil of day laborers.

Fronko
Fronko

What is the Post doing quoting Norman "Donut Run" Steisel, the former sanitation commissioner, on the subject of bikes? The guy is opposed to one bike lane and suddenly he's an expert? Not one quote from real advocacy groups, only one from him, representing his group of NIMBYs. The minute they rip out the Prospect Park West bike lane, if they ever do, is the minute Norman Steisel stops caring about bike lanes. This is the kind of journalism one expects from the Post, unfortunately.

Jamie
Jamie

It's one thing to target the idiots who start salmoning all over williamsburg come June, but anyone out on the streets right now is riding because their livelihood depends on it. It seems a bit cruel to ticket a bike for going through a red light with nobody coming in either direction as if it were a car (~$200) when its rider is probably 1) not wealthy and 2) in a hurry to get out of the goddamn cold as quickly as possible. This is bullshit.

Mp_me
Mp_me

People who break the rules of the road deserve to get tickets. Bicyclists are not pedestrians on wheels.....they are the drivers of vehicles. The rules for bikes are the same as for cars. If we want to be respected we must also have respect for others.-Joe Bike

TrueBlue
TrueBlue

nice tell them that next time they come to bail out your pathetic soul when you call 911 for some nonsense you could'nt handle yourself

Al
Al

bikes are not 2 ton motorized vehicles, so they should not be considered the same. there are obviously problem riders that should be punished, but most riders do not fall into that category.,

the616kid
the616kid

Not everyone calls the pigs that never show up YOU PUSSY. Oh shit lil bitch callin the girls in blue right now cos of a comment daaaaaaaaaamn. lil bitch.

John Gerity
John Gerity

Cops follow orders. If you want to stop an elephant from crushing you, aim for the head, not the feet, that just pisses them off.

ATTENTION PSYCHOTIC RETARDS WITH ACCESS TO FIREARMS: What I mean is take your grievances to the head of police in a civil manner, not actually hurt anyone (all that does is make you a scumbag).

Flavaflav
Flavaflav

Oink oink oink oink.

Get up to get get down, 911 is a joke in your town.

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