Police are going to crackdown in NYC

Well, it looks like the NYPD are going to reward the popularity of cycling with…a crackdown. And I’m sure this has nothing to do with having to award a bunch of cyclists over 900,000 for false arrest and harassment at critical mass, or the one or two people showing at protests to show their outrage for new bike lanes.

According to the New York Times, we should be on extra alert for being singled out.

City Will Crack Down on Scofflaw Cyclists
Published: October 21, 2010

The New York Police Department plans to step up enforcement of bicycle safety in parts of the city that have seen a disproportionately higher rate of collisions involving bicyclists, city officials said Thursday.

The initiative, which would be aimed at common cycling infractions like running red lights or riding on the sidewalk, comes after numerous complaints about two-wheeled scofflaws and recent protests against new bicycle lanes added to streets in Brooklyn and downtown Manhattan.

“We’ve installed 250 miles of lane over the last four years and thousands of new bike racks,” Janette Sadik-Khan, the city’s transportation commissioner, said at a news conference. “We have been friendly to cyclists. Now it’s time for cyclists to be friendlier to the city.”

Read the rest of the article here.
Please send me reports if you receive a ticket or witness police ticketing cyclists.

6 comments to Police are going to crackdown in NYC

  • Get over yourself. It has nothing to do with the settlement, and everything to do with the fact that selfish, anti-social cyclists who endanger everyone have been giving lawful cyclists like me a bad name. Oh, waaah, this is because of Critical Mass! Good. They break the law, too. If you want cyclists to stop being persecuted, start following the law.

  • Dan

    The point of this is CLEARLY not to single out or punish cyclists.

    Cyclists are supposed to obey the law anyway! It’s not like the NYPD will horribly infringe on your rights–you’re lucky that they haven’t ALREADY done this. And the popularity of cycling has no relevance to this. It’s not as if the city will allow bikers to disobey the LAW just because they’re another person on a bike. I ride my bike everyday, and I know that it’s a great alternative to cars, but I still realize that I must follow rules. I’ll admit that I can run a red light, but I frankly think this is a fantastic idea that police will start more actively ticketing cyclists.

    I even think that this will be beneficial to cyclists. Now the irate pedestrians who harass us because they think all cyclists are unlawful will stop complaining that the police don’t do anything. You want more bike lanes? If you get all the angry anti-cyclists to stop protesting them and get cyclists themselves to show that they’re responsible enough riders to deserve them, you will get miles upon miles of those beautiful green strips.

    This is only good for cyclists. There is no reason to break the law anyway, pedestrians will be safer and more accepting of bicyclists, and once biking is shown to be a safe transportation alternative, the trend will all but explode.

  • Shawn Rosvold

    Dan +1. (I’m adding this message I got when I tried to post Dan +1. “Your comment was a bit too short. Please go back and try again.”)

  • Jon

    I agree with the first two posters. This is not about “singling out” riders unfairly. This is about applying the law evenly to a group of people (bicyclists) who have had tacit permission to break traffic laws and act like jerks for years now. Our behavior has begun to cause us problems because it gives bicycling opponents ammunition to use against us.

    I ride almost every day in Brooklyn and Manhattan and I think this is a really good thing for us. Once more riders start acting like civilized human beings and giving proper deference to pedestrians and cars we will all have a safer city to ride in with fewer people trying to stop bicycle friendly infrastructure improvements.

  • Friendly Rider

    I bike to decrease the huge carbon footprint that the automobile has stamped on this fragile planet. It also is the fastest method of transport in the city. I make many sacrifices by biking: I get wet, I get cold, I have to deal with sweaty clothing, My hair gets messed up, People steal my bike parts ( have lost 5 entire bikes over 20 period), I have a lot of near death experiences involving cars and pedestrians, I get tired, I get all sorts of crap in my eyes…

    I’ve got to go now and bike to work in the rain, I’ll get back to you.

  • Grant

    So, they’re going to start ticketing pedestrians that break the law by jay-walking as well, right? I doubt it. There aren’t enough police officers. This supposed crackdown is stupid. If I see a cop at a light, I’ll just walk my bike through the red light lol