The 108th Precinct has been targeting law-breaking bicyclists.
The precinct–which covers Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City—issued 352 bicycle summonses over the past 28 days, compared to just three for the same period a year ago.
The summonses were for a range of offences—such as going through red lights, riding against traffic and failure to adhere to a multitude of road rules.
Captain John Travaglia, the commanding officer of the 108 precinct, said that 560 bicycle summonses have been issued in the precinct year to date, up from 75 for the same six-month period last year. He said the number also included wayward bicycle delivery people.
Travaglia said the clamp down is partly the result of adhering to Vision Zero, a concept that aims to reduce traffic fatalities to zero.
He said that the precinct has yet to have any traffic fatalities so far this year and that this push is to help minimize deaths.
“We have all witnessed it,” Travaglia said. “Some bicyclists are like dare devils; they go through red lights fast and yet they don’t know what is coming.”
He said that he has been targeting bicyclists just like motorist to reduce injuries and fatalities.