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
By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM
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.
â€œWeâ€™ve installed 250 miles of lane over the last four years and thousands of new bike racks,â€ Janette Sadik-Khan, the cityâ€™s transportation commissioner, said at a news conference. â€œWe have been friendly to cyclists. Now itâ€™s time for cyclists to be friendlier to the city.â€
Read the rest of the article here.
Please send me reports if you receive a ticket or witness police ticketing cyclists.