NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City police have been taking their ticketing blitz to bikes.Vaccine Mandate For NYC Teachers, Department Of Education Workers Put On Hold By Federal Judge
Police defend the move, saying a bicycle is a vehicle and when it’s riding around the 6-mile loop in the park, traffic laws apply.
Tom Laskey, the former president of the NY Cycle Club, said stopping at red lights in the park ruins the riding experience.
“What’s the fun in that,” Laskey told the Post. He made the remark after getting a $270 ticket for running a red light.READ MORE: Gabby Petito's Father Announces Creation Of Gabby Petito Foundation Ahead Of Public Memorial Service
It’s not the first time the NYPD has targeted bicyclists. In October of 2010, they launched a ‘Rogue Rider’ ticketing blitz in Park Slope.
Tickets have long been a controversial topic for the NYPD – they’ve been accused of having quotas.
The addition of bike lanes to New York City streets has also stirred intense debate.MORE NEWS: Gov. Kathy Hochul Increases Pressure On COVID Vaccine Holdouts As Deadline For Health Care Workers Approaches
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