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Believe me, I’m not an NYPD apologist, but if the cyclists were headed west on the green-painted, bike lane that runs between Delancey Street, in the middle of the automobile lanes, they do in fact deserve a ticket. They would be going the wrong way in that bike lane, against bikes trying approaching the bridge from Suffolk Street.
Also, for years, I’ve watched dozens if not hundreds of cyclists descend down off the bridge, snake through the narrow cut outs, go through a red light, and merge on to Delancey Street. All without coming to a stop. If the police don’t get to them, natural selection should.
Hi Juan! Sorry so long to ‘approve’ the comment; don’t know why the blog flagged it.
I agree the lane is technically “the wrong way” for westbound cyclists. However it’s pretty cheeky of the NYPD, when there are other ways to “enforce” the necessary communication of the lane. For instance, partner with TA or some other bike advocacy group, and put the onus on them to stand there and communicate with cyclists, “Don’t go this way.” This would not only costs NYPD officers less time (and money), but create a collaboration between law enforcement and civic agencies that is sorely needed in the wake of Stop & Frisk.
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