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NYPD Crackdown on Brooklyn Cyclists Who Don’t Signal Turns

From The Gothamist:

After promising to crackdown on scofflaw cyclists citywide in October, the NYPD is promising to intensify enforcement of traffic laws in Brooklyn. Police sources tell the Brooklyn Paper that bicycle riders will be ticketed for often-overlooked “vehicular offenses, such as failing to obey traffic signals and signs, breaking the speed limit, tailgating, and even failure to signal before turning.”

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  1. jorgeJanuary 7, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Much needed. NYC has been very friendly towards bicyclists in the last 6 years or so, providing tons of bicycling infrastructure, yet some bicyclists continue to behave as if they’re little kids while on their bikes. That said, the NYPD should be just as intolerant with motorists that endanger bicyclists.

  2. NYC_cyclistsJanuary 7, 2011 at 10:19 am

    This was long time coming. In NYC at least. Too many morons in one place.
    This bold new initiative by NYPD will quickly lose its momentum and will be forgotten, just like their crackdown on jaywalking pedestrians during Giuliani’s times…

  3. erikJanuary 7, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    i never signal turns now that i have a bike path or lane anywhere i want to go…

    when i was in Richmond, VA i always signaled because it was a pretty safe thing to do because i never had a bike lane or bike path…

    now that i have my special lane i feel so safe that i dont bother signaling anymore… but i do stop at lights and signs still…

  4. rogbieJanuary 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Erik’s response is one of the reasons bicycle lanes are so dangerous. Most state laws require cyclist to signal turns. This is a law for a reason. Signaling you movements on a bicycle is a good idea whether there are bike lanes or not. Hand signals and verbal signals are the only way to communicate with other road users.

    I like that a police force is enforcing laws. However, I feel the NYPD is picking the easy targets here. Hopefully, there is an increase in ticking motorist who are scofflaws. As, I am sure there are proportionately more scofflaw motorist than scofflaw cyclist.

    Personally, I have had worse interactions with vehicles and other cyclists while riding in a bike lane than on streets with no bike lanes. Not to mention, here in Denver, most on-street bike lanes are on non-arterial roads. This means in the winter the bike lanes do not get plowed. Since, the city has scaled back their priorities for winter street maintenance.

  5. toddJanuary 8, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Seems to me that this is a perfect example of picking on the minority group. Police will ticket cyclists for offenses that they do not bother to ticket motorists for? How many tailgating tickets have officers written for motorists in Brooklyn in the last 6 months? I am willing to bet that the number is negligible.

    There should be one set of laws for everyone, I agree. This is not an example of equal enforcement.

  6. MexicanSongBirdJanuary 8, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Fact is Cyclists are not liked by Police. Odd. If they want a WAR, then let’s get to it. Autos will pay the price. I’m not giving car drivers an inch anymore. If they violate my space, their doors get kicked in. It’s gonna get worse before it gets better.

  7. RonstaJanuary 9, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Brooklyn must be one of the safest cities in the country now if this is all they have to worry about.

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