Bikelash! Cops to Crack Down on Two-wheelers

By Thomas Tracy
The Brooklyn Paper
January 5, 2011

Call it a bikelash!

The NYPD has been ordered to begin a borough-wide crackdown that will hit renegade riders for often-overlooked “vehicular offenses” 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 — which apply the same to cars as they do to cycles — 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.

“They should focus on drivers, because frankly drivers have more potential to cause harm than cyclists do,” said Lacey Tauber, a Williamsburg resident and rider.

Cycling activist Baruch Herzfeld predicted that the enforcement policy itself will be “dangerous” and “inefficient” and could further strain relations between the city and cyclists.  Read more…

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4 Responses to Bikelash! Cops to Crack Down on Two-wheelers

  1. Ed says:

    I think its a good thing! Really we can’t have it one way… we wnat respect we have to earn it with other vehicles on the road!

  2. Ed says:

    Why do Bicyclists want to always be exempt from vehicle law but want to be treated as a VEHICLE.. I ride and obey the law.. Lets not point the finger of fate to others point them inward…

    • iblockthebikelane says:

      Ed – Thanks for your comments. We agree with you! Everyone on the road has a responsibility to follow the laws. We hope you will subscribe to our posts and continue to contribute your thoughts.

  3. My brother was issued a citation here last year for running a stop sign on his bike…incredible…

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