NYPD Crackdown: 1,000 Tickets and Counting

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According to the Gothamist, the NYPD has issued over 1,000 tickets to bicyclists in the first two weeks of January as part of the so-called “crackdown” on scofflaw riders. In all, 979 tickets were issued in Manhattan, 315 in Brooklyn, and 167 in Queens. One NYPD source said, “It’s an all-time high.” Is it me, or does this seem like a publicity stunt? I can’t imagine that it’s actually going to make the roads safer for anyone.

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12 Responses to “NYPD Crackdown: 1,000 Tickets and Counting”

  • Everett says:

    These stats don’t mean anything unless they are compared to stats showing a decrease in the amount of accidents caused by cyclists in that same period. Otherwise, the police might as well publicize how much revenue these tickets brought in and expose the stunt for what it really is: a nuisance.

  • Lee Trampleasure says:

    I’d also like to see stats on the ratio of car drivers to car tickets, and bike riders to bike tickets. If we’re getting our “fair share,” then I have no complaints, but I suspect there are many more cars than bikes, so there should be many more driving tickets during this time than bike tickets.

  • EB says:

    I don’t ride anywhere near NYC, but I do read the New York Times, and their articles about cycling frequently include negative comments from folks on the street about dangerous and illegal riding, juxtaposed with complaints about the money spent on cycling infrastructure. If a ticketing campaign actually gets the message across that cyclists are not regarded as being above the law, it might actually have a positive effect. That is, sure, it may be a publicity stunt, but it COULD work in favour of legal, nonaggressive riders.

    Or, of course, it could be petty-minded persecution. Only NYC cyclists know for sure . . .

  • MD says:

    I don’t live in NYC, but around here it seems like most of the serious bike accidents are when a biker blows through a red light. I personally think the laws should be enforced for bikes for safety reasons. Publicizing the tickets might actually have more impact than just giving tickets out.

    I’ve been to several public meeting discussing bicycle infrastructure in my area. By far, the biggest complaint against bikes is how bikers flaunt the rules of the road.

  • Matti says:

    I am a regular bike commuter. I stop at all lights and stop signs just as I would if driving a car. I’m afraid I don’t have any sympathy for my fellow cyclists that disobey the traffic rules. I think this behavior is not only dangerous, it adds to the animosity that some drivers hold toward us cyclists.

  • Lee Trampleasure says:

    While I tend to agree that cyclists need to obey the laws as a rule, I would also point out that the VAST majority of auto drivers break speed limits all the time (as well as not stopping before entering crosswalks on red lights, turning without using signals, etc.). These acts endanger auto drivers/passengers, cyclist, pedestrians, etc. As I said before, the police should be equally enforcing traffic rules for all modes of transportation, not try to get headlines by creating “crackdowns.”

  • Mellow Yellow says:

    http://criticalmasspanic.blogspot.com

    For a ridiculous, but accurate,look at the petty vendetta of NYPD against bicyclists.

  • Erik Sandblom says:

    I don’t always follow all the rules when I cycle. I think it’s more important to ride responsibly and politely than to follow the rules to the last letter.

    Having said that, I think ticketing cyclists eg. for not having lights at night or for going through a red light can be a good thing. After all, an alert cyclist has a good chance of spotting the police in time.

  • Jack says:

    According to other blog sources, the number stated above is only Manhattan. If you include the other Burroughs, the number is closer to 1,400.

  • Thomas says:

    The laws are not new and just because recent enforcement is more evident than in the past (perhaps because of higher numbers of tickets and certainly because of the media attention) does not mean that cyclists are being persecuted. Cyclists need be held accountable for violating the laws just as motorists do. While “equal enforcement” as mentioned above would be ideal in theory, it would necessitate a 1:1 ratio of police to vehicles. Who wants
    to drive or pedal with a cop shadowing
    them all day? Two sets of laws are present here: those which are in place to protect pedestrians, who always have the right of way, ( for example, running a stop sign or red traffic signal violates this right of way whether you are in a car or on a bike) and those which are in place for cyclist and motorist safety. A bike must be equipped with reflectors or lights, an audible signalling device (a bell), and brakes. If none
    of those requirements are cool enough to put on your bike then choose another form of transportation (I’m specifically thinking of track bikes which, incidentally, are for tracks not roads. There is an inordinate number of brakeless fixies in NYC.) I don’t understand
    how hard it is to obey the laws.

  • Lovely Bicycle! says:

    At least on the East Coast, I sense that there has been a backlash brewing to all the bicycle infrastructure the cities have been putting up. So to me, this seems like part of it.

  • John Lascurettes says:

    Regarding non-riding people’s belief that cyclists “flaunt” the law, and while some cyclist may do so, I’m pretty sure most people that never ride in traffic have a grave misunderstanding of what the rules of the road are when it comes to bicycles and sharing the road. I have a suspicion that I’d be willing to lay money down on that most of them would consider things that are well within the letter of the law as things that are “flaunting the law” because they either don’t want to share the road, or they have a gross misunderstanding of what everyone’s rights are to the roads. Just look at the way most car drivers treat pedestrians operating within their legal rights – and every driver is a pedestrian at some point, yet they still, collectively, are aggressive to pedestrians.

 
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