NYPD to start ticketing bicyclists

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Citi bike userAugust 14, 2013– The NYPD will be cracking down on bicyclists breaking the laws of the street. This sounds good, but there are good reasons for riding on the sidewalk in Tribeca. The pretentious street cobblestones make it impossible to rise on the street without orthopedic and brain damage.

The WSJ write, “In New York City, there are rules about the best way to run a red light, said Max Cohen, owner of North Brooklyn Cycles in Bushwick.

Turning right on red is fine. Empty intersection—no problem. You can even pedal through the light if cars haven’t started to move into the intersection yet.

“It’s mainly just a common sense thing,” said Mr. Cohen, who worked as a cabdriver until opening his shop in 2012. “There’s got to be a little acknowledgment that bikes are different from cars.”

The New York Police Department disagrees. On Wednesday, the NYPD announced it will begin ticketing cyclists who break the rules of the road with a new initiative called Operation Safe Cycle. Over the next two weeks, the program will target bikers who run red lights, ride the wrong way against traffic and fail to yield to pedestrians.

Cycling advocates argue that any crackdown should be focused on driver infractions like speeding and failure to yield.”

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2 Responses to NYPD to start ticketing bicyclists

  1. N N says:

    Tribeca perhaps is a different story but In BPC the tourists on sidewalks is a problem, we have nice large and clearly defined bike lanes. And they are often quite rude and hostile when trying to correct them.

  2. Karen says:

    In other countries bicyclist follow the rules. That’s how it should be.

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