Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: South shore, L.I., NY
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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.