uneforceable, brontide. bicyclists are not required to endanger themselves, and can legally ride to avoid hazards in the bikelane in every state.
The Officer never told Neistat "he's not allowed to ride outside the bike lane". It was the filmmakers text that makes that statement. Neistat is the one with the agenda in this case. Parts of it are factual, but parts of it were made to get his point across.
Helmet use and bikelane use have a common motivation: fear.Quote:
@raisinsunn you're dumb..hes not getting fined for not polluting..hes being fined for not being in the bike lane..and if he doesnt wear a helmet then how the **** can he complain about the bike lane not being safe..no **** it aint safe if you don't got a helmet on..bikers have a terrible attitude where they think they own the road..there are awful in Toronto and i can only assume its atleast 10 times worse in NYC
JacoblCanada 8 hours ago
Fear of riding in traffic, fear of riding full stop.
The promotion of bikelanes and bicycle helmets most likely serves to aid in reinforcing that fear and confirming to the non-cycling majority that bicycling is a foolhardy pursuit and that cyclists get what's coming to them when some numbnut not paying attention runs them down.
It's all part of FEAR. A fear which, sadly, many bike activists are busy spreading.
Once you've thrown away your _current_ right to the road by lobbying for bikelanes then you can be sure that we (cyclists) are going to get crap facilities with crap rules attached to them. That's what you bikelane lobbyists don't get: bicycling already has an _enviable_ position under the law and if you starting fugging around with it then, as a minority that is detested by other road users, we can expect to end up in a worse position.
maybe the cop was right?Quote:
§ 4-12 (p) – Bicycles
• Bicycle riders must use bike path/lane, if provided, except for access, safety, turns, etc.
(I still think bike lane compulsion is as silly as helmet compulsion)
Depending on where on the DOT site you look there are more verbose answers which make much more sense. This is also in line with New York VTL. Bike lanes are technically compulsory, but the statute give cyclist many exceptions under which travel in the lane is permissible.
Cyclists in New York City must
Ride on the street, not on the sidewalks (unless rider is age 12 or younger and the bicycle's wheels are less than 26 inches in diameter).
Ride with traffic, not against it.
Obey all traffic signals, signs and pavement markings. Cyclists must come to a complete stop at red lights and stop signs. Cyclists are required by law to exercise due care to avoid colliding with pedestrians, motor vehicles or other cyclists.
Use marked bike lanes or paths when available, except when making turns or when it is unsafe to do so, etc. If the road is too narrow for a bicycle and a car to travel safely side by side, cyclists have the right to ride in the middle of the travel lane.
Bicycling is permitted on all main and local streets throughout the City even when no designated route exists.
Not ride on expressways, drives, highways, interstate routes and thruways unless authorized by signs.
Not wear more than one earphone attached to an aud io device (e.g. radio, ipod, walkman)
Use the following safety and visibility equipment:
* White headlight and red taillight must be used from dusk to dawn
* Bell or horn (not whistle)
* Working brakes
* Reflective tires or reflectors
* Helmets must be worn by children age 13 or younger, and helmets are strongly recommended for all others.
agreed, but I would think the ticket would still stick.
A defendant would have to prove it's safer outside the lane than in, if he was caught outside of it, not making a turn, etc, etc.
This is why services like this one: http://qik.com/ are very handy. Even if the jackboot steals your phone/camera/other or forces you to delete content, it's still on the internet. Smile for the camera, piggies...
And another one: some folks have taken to adding a single frame to their camera the looks just like a normal LCD display saying "No Data" or some such... show the thug that frame only and he'll think you deleted evidence of his crimes when in reality, you still have it ready to send to the internet/media/etc...
That is exactly what many police do. I had a cop try to give me a ticket for speeding. I insisted that I was not speeding and he said, "oh really, do you want to see the radar?" To his surprise, I said "Yes". When he showed me, I noticed that the time on the radar "gun" showing the illegal speed was from nearly an hour earlier. When I pointed it out, he let me go, but it goes to show that some cops are out to write tickets with the expectation that you won't contest it and just pay the fine.
In some cities, cops get commissions and have quotas for writing fines.
Response to above mentioned video. This is by one of my favorite 'You-tubers.'
He's merely asking for what the opinions of subscribers think about the video and about how/where they ride if they do. May not be a direct reply, but hell, at least someone fairly well known took notice. It will make people think about cyclists a bit more. I'm sorry my reply wasn't spot on. I'm sorry I didn't give a 100% correct response. geez.
NYC Sucks, they implement rules/laws to use it against you. WTF? This video is on Yahoo top news
we don't know what the situation was when he got the ticket. He could have just been riding down the street with the lane with no obstacles in it next to him.
BC used to have a law like this, but it was removed. It's much better now. You can use it or not
As It Happens interviewed the author of the video. Go to this link and click Listen to Part 2. The interview is a 16:45.
Due to editing we don't know if Neistat was ticketed or pulled over for other things. Also, the Cop never stated that Neistat can only ride in bike lanes.
Neistat made a movie loosely based on an encounter with an officer and an extreme (albeit incorrect) interpretation of NYC bike lane law.
Neistat is and wants to be a filmmaker. As a filmmaker he took liberties in the design and editing of his film. He made a movie in his own words "that would be funny and might get some attention". Neistat accomplished goal :thumb:.
Friend of mine just posted this on Facebook, happy to see there was a discussion about it here. Pretty funny video!
Resurrected zombie thread alert.