Last night I was pulled over by the NYPD and given a ticket on my bike. The offense was failure to use a bike lane, which is insane for several reasons:
1. If I had seen the bike lane, why on earth wouldn’t I have used the bike lane?
2. It was totally impractical to get to the bike lane since (a) it was raining and the markings were invisible under the rain-slicked streets (b) the bike lane had just begun on that block, perhaps ten yards earlier, and (c) the left side of the road on the previous block was unsafe to bike, since it is the Port Authority Bus Terminal. So I would have had to see the bike lane in the rain and immediately dart across five lanes of Times Square traffic to get there.
3. From what I can tell, failure to use a bike lane is not actually illegal in NYC. Both in general and in particular when doing so would be dangerous.
The cops had set up specifically at that location, and were pulling over all the cyclists who rode past. Below are photos of the cops and the street.