With the nice weather out, I’ve been able to do much more of my favorite pastime. No not mutant bike polo,
(photo by: knifefight.)
“There’s no surer sign of springtime in New York City than when the anti-cycling cockblockers emerge from their hidey-holes and resume their seasonal efforts to outlaw the act of riding a bicycle.”
So I’m forced to write about the latest NYPD crackdown on bicycles.
Here is an article in NYMAG:
With Nice Weather Comes Ridiculous Bike Tickets
By: Joe Coscarelli
The sun’s out as summer approaches, and so are the city’s cyclists, which means the NYPD is not far behind with a flurry of tickets. The Village Voice reports that officers have been setting up around town to police riders, and they’re not just looking for major infractions. One woman describes being stopped by a cop in Williamsburg for an examination recently: “He explained that this was a checkpoint for enforcing bike safety, and that I was about to be issued a summons for failing to have a bell on my bike.” That’ll be $90.
Asked about the prevalence of these stops, the NYPD said, “We will not be giving the times and locations of our checkpoints.” Streetsblog reported a similar “ticket blitz” this week in Central Park, where cyclists have complained in the past about being excessively policed for things like not stopping at every red light and even speeding.
Entire article, here.
–>So how does everyone feel about this new NYPD crackdown with secret checkpoints? Please leave your comments below, I’d really like to get a discussion going.