You’d think anyone daring to ride a bike in this weather would be rewarded. Tell that to the NYPD. With fewer of us on many of the un-plowed roadways and bike lanes here in the city, the police have decided to “crackdown” on unlawful biking behavior.
Here is the latest from the Brooklyn Paper.
Bikelash! Cops to crack down on two-wheelers
By Thomas Tracy
January 5th, 2011
Call it a bikelash!
The NYPD has been ordered to begin a borough-wide crackdown that will hit renegade riders for often-overlooked â€œvehicular offensesâ€ like failing to obey traffic signals and signs, breaking the speed limit, tailgating, and even failure to signal before turning.
Several police sources said on Tuesday that the strict enforcement of safety and vehicle traffic laws â€” which apply the same to cars as they do to cycles â€” will begin in a matter of weeks, and that bicyclists caught breaking those rules will be issued a moving violation.
Two-wheelers were stunned to hear that they had risen on the list of police priorities.
Read the whole article here.
Along with a few other fellow bloggers, I may be on CBS’s 1010 WINS tomorrow sounding off about this potential crackdown. We’re meeting John Montone tomorrow right on Jay Street so we can show off all the cars parked in the bike lane and the rampant illegal u-turns.