Tickets For Unsafe Bicycle Riding In NYC On The Rise

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Summonses for unsafe bicycling are up 48 percent in New York City over last year.

The NYPD has issued nearly 14,000 tickets so far this year for cyclists who run red lights, ride on sidewalks and bike against traffic.

The New York Post said that’s up from more than 9,000 summonses written during the same period last year.

Manhattan and Brooklyn have the largest number of scofflaw bicyclists. Staten Island had the least, with only 66 tickets issued.

The cycling advocacy group Transportation Alternatives said police should focus on the most dangerous offenses.

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  • hthomas

    Good, it’s about time. Individuals on bikes have become a hazard to motorized traffic and to pedestrians. I can’t tell you how many times I have thanked God for His Mercy because bike riders were not hit by buses and cars, and we weren’t run over while crossing the street. Bike riders can be the most arrogant individuals around.

  • William

    Very good, Cyclists should ride in the same direction as traffic. The stop light MEANS stop, ad pedtrians have the right of way, no matter how stupid they are at crossing the street AGAINST THE LIGHT! As a former cyclists, I see these things happen. I’ve retired from biking because it is so unsafe to ride the streets now with wayward cyclists, delivery person and the occasional bike and talk (on cellphone) groups.

  • Dale Auburn

    I thought a court ruled a few years back that Rudy Giuliani’s refusal to enforce the city’s bike laws caused those laws to become null and void (i.e. to LAPSE). Did the City Council put the bike laws back on the books?

  • John Prato

    People riding up the wrong way on a bike lane should a ticket. People riding up the wrong way on a bike lane at night with no headlights and taillights should get 2 tickets. People standing in a bike lane who won’t move when they see a cyclist coming should get a ticket.

    Jogger’s jogging up the wrong way on a bike lane who won’t move when they see a cyclist coming should get a ticket. Cars blocking a bike lane should get a ticket. Cars diving on a bike lane should get a ticket.

    • just saying

      Bad approach – biking slowly the wrong way is no more danagerous than jay walking and should be treated the same – no ticket. Ticket reckless bicycling – not every possible infraction – that will just ensure people don’t ride bikes and clog our streets with more poulltion spewing vehicles that we pay for with taxes for unecessary wars…

  • Mark

    I think cycling is great, but i cant stand many cyclists attitude..”Well, we’re a vehicle, we have the right to be on the road like any other vehicle”…but they don’t follow the laws for cycles and vehicles….we have a major problem with Marathon bike rides, like the one coming up in June here on Long Island. They ride six abreast, block traffic, do not stop for stop signs or lights, block traffic at a rest stop here at the beach and do not allow traffic past when boats are being towed down this small road. Its a mess…and it doesnt have to be if riders are considerate and obey all traffic laws…you can’t have it both ways.

    Good for them giving out tickets. Hope they start doing that here

  • jerseyjoey

    Bottom line is Stupid people are stupid people and ticketing them will not solve the fact they are stupid people, they will pay and go right back out there and do it again. Look , if they ride on sidewalks and cause problems with people and you see them as threat to your physical self, Close Line Time.

    • just saying

      You’re stupid if that is the best you can come up with.

  • iggy

    the police aren’t in my neighborhood giving ticket to the sidewalk riders… brooklyn’s chinatown… 8th ave. or in the arab neighborhood …5th ave.

  • Capt Lou

    Cops going after easy targets. Isn’t that just like any law out there, except for gun control?

    • Richard Lukasiewicz

      I agree..BWI will be next…Too many rules..A little common sense would go a long way here..

      • Anne

        BWI? Are you on crack? You get away with DWI! Anyone who operates a vehicle – car or bicycle, should abide by the rules set up for public safety. Imagine a bicycle rider on the streets of NYC under the influence of Kettle One? I suggest you shove a stick with a rusty nail where the sun never shines and allow the rest of the world a safe environment!

  • Dee Light



    I’m an avid cyclist and I’m a law biding rider.

    I agree with ticketing as follows:

    When anyone rides on a sidewalk, “UNLESS THEY’RE A CHILD”, a ticket should be issued. Riding against traffic, absolutely!!!! Running stop signs and lights, absolutely!!!

    Also.. ped’s should be ticketed for stepping in front of moving cyclist.

    • Name

      As an avid cyclist I absolutely agree with you Italia.

      • Trek

        …add my century ridin abs to the cause!

    • Murray Hill

      The only people being cited for riding on the sidewalk are adults. The police don’t cite kids because children 12 and under are allowed to ride on the sidewalk under the current law. Adults riding on the sidewalk or disobeying traffic laws are a danger to everyone. I’m personally very happy to see the police enforcing these laws. I understand that there are other more dangerous activities taking place every day that the police should be spending their time on, but that doesn’t mean they should just turn a blind eye to dangerous behavior occurring right in front of them. I’m sure they would rather be out looking for bigger offenses, so if cyclists would stop riding like idiots, they wouldn’t have to waste their time on them and could go fight the real crime. I agree with you on citing pedestrians who step in front of a cyclist, assuming that the cyclist is riding in a manner that complies with the law (i.e. not on the sidewalk, not running a red light, etc).

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