More cyclists than commercial truck drivers in North Brooklyn are receiving tickets, according to NYPD data. As Gwynn Hogan reports in DNA Info, between January and the end of September, cyclists in Williamsburg were ticketed 1,160 times for violations like running red lights and riding the wrong way on a one-way street. This is compared to 463 tickets written to commercial trucks for violations like texting while driving or not wearing seatbelt. I think we are supposed to be appalled that law enforcement is harder on cyclists than commercial truck drivers, but I am glad that bikes are getting some attention. If cyclists want to break laws with impunity, they should pedal over to Manhattan. It seems to me that their luck is better there.
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I absolutely agree. By taking away a whole lane for bicycle lanes and parking for Citibank’s commercial enterprise make driving and parking a nightmare, much less the danger of crossing the the street. And each bike should have a license plate so we can report the bad riders.
Most bicyclist don’t know they are subject to the same traffic laws that cars must follow. One way streets and everything else.