NYPD cracks down on miscreant bikers who go by red lights, float on …
May 29, 2014 - box office
First it was jaywalkers. And now rule-breaking bikers are in a crosshairs of traffic-obsessed Upper West Side cops.
Officers in a 24th Precinct have set their sights on miscreant cyclists who pedal by red lights, float on sidewalks and spin corners but negligence down, cops said.
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Bike-related violations have jumped 123% in a past month, with cops doling out 38 summonses compared to 17 during a same duration final year, pronounced Capt. James Dennedy final week.
“We are experiencing an boost in bike accidents,” pronounced Dennedy, who oversees a precinct’s trade enforcement.
Dennedy has led several other alley probes this year, and he’s combined some-more cops — versed with radar guns — circuitously W. 96th St. and Broadway to locate speeding motorists.
Traffic-related deaths in a area have declined given Jan when 3 pedestrians were strike by vehicles while channel intersections circuitously W. 96th St. But motorists are still slamming into pedestrians and cyclists, cops said.
Seven smashups have flush in a past month involving bikes, and 4 of a crashes concerned cyclists zooming by red lights, cops said. Meanwhile, 5 pedestrians have been strike by cars in a same area, information shows.
“Bicyclists have to conform a same trade laws as we do,” pronounced Dennedy during a Community Council assembly final week.
Residents griped that nonetheless cops south of W. 96th St. are gripping bikers in line, cyclists in a northern pockets of a Upper West Side are still roving wild.
About a half dozen bikers were speckled by a contributor flouting a law Thursday. Several rode a conflicting instruction alongside cars on Amsterdam Ave. and W. 106th St. Two zigzagged past pedestrians on circuitously sidewalks.
Only longtime cyclist Charles Williams, 60, stopped to explain because he suspicion it was fine to pass trade laws.
“Why we gotta be in a street? It’s dangerous,” pronounced Williams, who pedals from a Bronx to a pursuit in Manhattan. “The city only wants a approach to make money. Go after a rapists and a killers. We aren’t bothering nobody.”
Upper West Side inaugurated officials weren’t ecstatic to learn about a bike crackdown, stressing that cars are injuring some-more people than cyclists.
“It is critical that we don’t remove steer of priorities,” pronounced Councilman Mark Levine. “Motorists should be targeted a most.”