Urban Velo

Moving Violation(s)

If you were ticketed for EVERY infraction you committed on an urban ride, how many do you think you would rack up? Well, this dude (currently anonymous pending trial) received FIVE tickets from a New York cop in one stop. Granted, he was probably committing a number of offenses, but is it really necessary to pile ‘em on all at once so heavily? All I hear about cycling in New York is that cops are after cyclists with a motivation you think would be reserved for drug dealers and white collar criminals. Next time you are cruising through your city harmlessly breaking a few laws to get where you’re going, just appreciate that you aren’t riding in NYC. New York readers, is the riding climate really as bad as I keep hearing? It sounds like everyone is forced to ride on eggshells out there. Say it ain’t so.

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6 Comments

  1. wilsonJune 29, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    well, 5 tickets it’s not much considering how riding is in Buenos Aires

  2. onespeedJune 29, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    It is hard to believe this is not the most commented piece. We are being penalized and fined for saving gallons of fuel and pollution. Do they really want us to be driving cars instead? Yes is the answer because with all the tickets it is cheaper to drive. So lets all add to the gridlock to become part of the problem. Lets feed the greedy oil companies pockets. The police seem to get a real joy out of stopping cyclists thinking they are taking a bite out of crime. They have forgotten what a crime is. Instead of targeting people for doing something good get the ones who are doing harm to others, real criminals, not cyclists.

  3. J.MillerJune 29, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    I’ve seen NY bicycle cops,riding bikes with no lights before at dusk/night.I’m wondering what do you call this?

  4. dont stopJune 29, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    i stopped for one cop. never again. ftp.

  5. EricJune 30, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    I had the pleasure of getting ticketed while running a stop sign on a side street in Chicago a few months ago, only because of bad timing, the police suddenly began to back up after I was in the intersection causing him to slam his brakes. After he lumbered out of the SUV(many CPD drive SUVs), I instantly knew his girth mirrored his disdain for cyclists. His partner displayed indifference about the situation. The cost was $45 and four hours of vacay time since I had to go to court. I still ride through stop signs – when it is safe – but with more awareness of police.

  6. mazeMarch 20, 2013 at 10:37 am

    T.hey got me in s.i. getting off the ferry. At the top of the hill i stopped at the light, checked for traffic, and proceded. A few blocks later i got pulled over, & issued summuns for disobeying red light. Now i gotta go all the way to dmv court & pay a fine. I been a bike commuter for years. I’ve always yielded to others. I’m the vivtim of a crime

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