NYPD Cracked Down on Cyclists, Will Cops In the Bike Lane Be Next?

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Tuesday marks the last day of the NYPD's two-week long crackdown on cyclists, "Operation Safe Cycle." When it announced Operation Safe Cycle fourteen days ago, the police department said the sting would target "hazardous violations that create a danger for pedestrians and bicyclists: failure to stop at a red light, disobey a traffic signal or sign, riding the wrong direction against traffic, riding on the sidewalk, and failure to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk."

(Several of these were demonstrated in an awkward and amusing informational video the NYPD released the same day.)

Throwing a bone to the all-powerful bike lobby, the department added, "An additional focus will be given to motorists who obstruct bicycle lanes, which creates a hazardous condition for bicyclists."

On Tuesday morning, the NYPD declined to offer any information about the success (or failure) of the operation, including metrics like the number of tickets issued or arrests made. Luckily though, New York's bicyclists have kept a running tally of their own, dutifully documenting the number of NYPD vehicles, equipment and personnel they have seen obstructing the bike lane over the course of the last two weeks.


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8 comments
Chad D Lewine
Chad D Lewine

The sarcasm is abundant in those tweets. Oy vey

slarkpope
slarkpope

@aboutmattlaw i got a ticket on 7th ave for going through a red light. $278. five minutes later, saw the same cop pull a young lady over.

Martin Danhi
Martin Danhi

350 bucks fine now for red light on bike in L A.

aboutmattlaw
aboutmattlaw

@slarkpope blah, that sucks. I've seen their little stings on 5th ave. One guy spots it and another down the block stops the people. Sucks.

aboutmattlaw
aboutmattlaw

@slarkpope there's talk of working to separate the car / bike viloations since the stakes are so diffent when getting hit by a car vs. bike

slarkpope
slarkpope

@aboutmattlaw that would be nice. friend got pulled over and the cop apologized. "it's because deblasio lives in the neighborhood"

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