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January 24, 2010
The New York Post is reporting that the city has issued a record 1000 tickets to bicyclists in the month of January alone, for benign infractions that normally went unnoticed, such as cycling on sidewalks or going through red lights. It is debatable whether motor vehicle laws apply to bicycles. Moreover, with the snow from the unplowed streets, many of the bike lanes have been impossible to use, forcing cyclists onto sidewalks.
The budget deficit of the city is causing all sorts of egregious secret taxes, it seems. The city is charging for emergency responses to accidents. Now, it is going after cyclists in the depth of winter.