Foo - Twisted NYC bike ordinance/law.
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06-21-11, 08:19 AM
A little over the top, but right on point.
Ride in the bike lane or else. (http://www.grist.org/list/2011-06-09-this-guy-crashed-his-bike-into-a-taxi-for-you)
That was his skull
06-21-11, 08:54 AM
Yeah, I'm a bit on the fence about the whole deal. I was using "Stumble Upon," so there was no real search utilized to find the item. I do think the law is way too narrow in it's definition, but I have never ridden in NY and don't know the explicit reading of the law.
06-21-11, 09:30 AM
Here's a link as published by the City of NY DoT.
It's pretty clear that the law allows a cyclist to deviate from the lane for safety reasons. That's what you get to explain to the cop writing the ticket, who cares not. Which is what Casey was attempting, but try reasoning with a NYPD beat cop.
The current objective of the NYPD is to "crack down" on cyclists, with the purported goal of stopping all the illegeal activity (a good cause by itself) such as running red lights and stop signs, riding the wrong way on one-way streets, riding the sidewalks, going over 15mph in Central Park, parking a police cruiser in the bike lane then writing a ticket for leaving the lane, riding with a handbag draped on your handle bar..... Oh Wait, those last three are not violations (but have been documented as happening). But the NYPD doesn't care as they use the shotgun approach to solving the problem. Write as many tickets to cyclists as possible, the goal seems to be one ticket per cop per year, then let the courts decide the validity. Meanwhile the press is "30,000 tickets written", forgetting that most of those contested will get thrown out. Not to mention the revenue to the folks who were in the right and cannot be bothered to take a day off from work for a $50 ticket, so pay it. Possibly the revenue will pay for the multi-million dollar class-action lawsuit against the city, which they pretty much always lose.
If I ever see Bloomberg again (he visits my place of work on occasion), I'm giving him an earful.
06-21-11, 10:27 AM
I really wonder what the mandates are that pertain to vehicles parking in bicycle lanes and actions required by bicycles to remain safe. Apparently they are not as honorable as the issue with riding in the lane, as is the intended message of the news item and video.
06-21-11, 06:35 PM
In NYC, the patrol cops don't write parking tickets. That's the job of the Parking Enforcement folks. NYPD patrol cops CAN write parking tickets but they generally don't as then their patrol officers are asking why they are wasting the cities time writing parking tickets when that's the job of the parking enforcement officers, etc....
Meanwhile the Parking Enforcement officers are prioritizing by looking for and writing the "Big Ticket" tickets, lapsed registration, inspection, etc... with parking meter expired, alternate side violations, etc... so they can get the vehicle towed, which makes the city a ton on fees.
I have as yet to see or hear of anyone actually witnessing a Parking Enforcement officer OR a beat cop actually ticketing a vehicle for blocking a bike lane. It's somewhat common knowledge amongst NYC bike commuters that bike lane violations are ignored.
So no more NYC Bike Messenger videos?
What is this guy gonna do now?
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