The city has bent over backwards to give bicyclists room to ride safely all over Brooklyn streets, and now the police department is going to make sure pedalers do it by the book.
The NYPD is preparing a massive crackdown against renegade bicyclists, promising to ticket often-overlook “vehicular offenses” like failing to obey traffic signals and signs, breaking the speed limit, tailgating, and failure to signal before turning.
Several police sources told us Tuesday that the strict enforcement of safety and vehicle traffic laws regarding bicyclists will begin in a matter of weeks, and that bicyclists caught breaking those rules will be issued a moving violation.
Bicycle advocate groups have already begrudgingly endorsed the increased enforcement — as long as every driver, in car or on bike — is treated with an even hand by police.
Transportation Alternatives has already put together a handy “cheat sheet” for bicyclists. which includes a cornucopia of rules bicyclists have been known to break without consistent retribution, including:
• Failure to yield to pedestrians
• Changing lanes without signaling
• Riding outside a bike lane (where one exists)
• Turning without signaling
Cops will also be clamping down on the infractions pedalers have been targeted in the past, like riding against traffic or on sidewalks, or not having a working white or red light on the vehicle while riding at night.
Photo from the NY Times