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Police Plan Crackdown on Cyclists, Drivers During Two-Week Bike Safety Initiative That Starts Today

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Bicyclist on Cortelyou

The NYPD has announced a two-week bicycle safety enforcement initiative called Operation Safe Cycle, which begins today, Wednesday, August 13 and continues through Tuesday, August 26.

They say they’ll be targeting cyclists who fail to stop at red lights, disobey traffic signals or signs, ride the wrong direction against traffic, ride on the sidewalk, and fail to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.

But it’s not just cyclists — the NYPD says they’re also focus on motorists who obstruct bike lanes.

“The NYPD asks all persons bicycling and driving in the city to make safety a priority,” they said in a release. “The NYPD is committed to providing a safe environment for all New Yorkers.”

It seems that as the city continues to work on Vision Zero ideas, the NYPD will keep rolling out stings that focus on one aspect that makes traveling the streets in this city dangerous — they’ve already focused on texting and drivingspeeding, and other hazardous driving behaviors.

It will be interesting to see how this is enforced in our 70th Precinct, and we’re wondering how you think this will change things for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers in an area that has been plagued by accidents.

If you have some experience with Operation Safe Cycle in the neighborhood, let us know in the comments, or at editor@ditmasparkcorner.com.

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  1. Yeah I got stopped and almost ticketed for biking the wrong way on the Prospect Park loop the other day. I deserved it but they let me off with a warning which was nice.

  2. Wouldn’t the results achieve better economies of scale, if they ticketed all the smokers who litter the streets with their cigarette butts or ticketed those who just plain litter our streets?

  3. the focus of the crackdown should be those absurd bicycles without brakes. Why those things even exist is beyond me.

  4. What you’re referring to is what is more commonly know around these parts as a ‘fixie’ as the rear wheel has no freehub and thus makes brakes an issue since its application would have some serious effect on the pedals. They are quite similar if not in some cases exactly identical to a track bike that is mainly used on a closed track like the Kissena Velodrome.

    http://www.nycgovparks.org/facility/cycling-tracks/kissena-velodrome

    Removing as much as possible from the bike that is not needed for racing, such as freehubs and brakes, make the bike just that bit quicker on the track. Some cyclists enjoyed their track bikes so much, they decided to use them everywhere and thus developed all sorts of ridiculous techniques to make it possible at the risk of killing themselves, the public, and car hoods, mirrors, and fenders everywhere.

    They are illegal to ride on the streets in NYC, but like most bike laws, they are only enforced on those rare special occasions like the next two weeks. After that, the world returns back to its usual self and all of this will be in the past once again.

    It just goes to show that our mayor is far more about fluffing the public than actually improving street safety. You need far more than a two week program to get good old New Yorkers to get back in line and the NYPD contains a great selection of mental midgets who will ensure this ‘crackdown’ is about as effective as our federal government. They hardly can even enforce speed regulation and traffic violations of motor vehicles and you expect them to enforce cycling citations?

    If you on the other hand do believe they can succeed, I have a bridge to sell that has been recently dressed with white fabrics by some famous German artists. ;-).

  5. Regular enforcement, sure! Crackdown on the other gets the good old boys in blue riled up to wrote up all sorts of erroneous citations.

    Especially one that lasts two weeks and has instructions to the NYPD to find infractions. The lazy ones just start making shit up to win their precinct prize and talk around the water cooler about the best line of crapola they fed to the public. Now if it became every day it would just become boring and part of the job. Just the way it should be.

  6. Kind of funny how they have a pic of an old Jewish guy riding his bike in the wrong direction of Cortelyou. While you were doing the old salmon routine on the PP bike path, Mad Maximilian here shows us all how death wish is really done! Oy Vey!

  7. Wow thanks a lot for the info. I thought fixie just meant single gear. I’m familiar with the pistard bicycles, but I would have never imagined they were the origin of this stupid fad. Those things should be seized and destroyed.

  8. Pistard is just the French term for track cyclist. The key difference between the track bike and singlespeed is the a freehub that allows the wheel to speed freely from the rear drive cog and allows forward motion of the bike without the use of the crank. With a fixie, the pedals are directly attached to the rear wheel via the chain with and must turn with the rotation of the wheel. A brake can be implemented on the reverse crank to the rear wheel (not so good) or a traditional style rim brake (best on at least the front wheel if only one is installed).

    Track bikes can actually help a person learn pedal smoothly as any jerkiness in your motion results on a poor ride on the bike. They have their uses, just not on streets of NYC.

    Here are some images of track cyclists in NYC from days past.

    http://www.bikecult.com/works/kissena/kissenaarchive.html

  9. They are outnumbered by the law breaking bike riders. I’ve seen the drivers pulled over and ticketed but of the 100+ law breaking bike riders I see daily, I’ve never see one pulled over.

  10. Wow, all the drivers in your area drive at or below the posted speed limit all the time, eh? And come to a full, complete, dead stop at stop signs? And signal all turns and lane changes?
    Most road users are doing these “little” infractions all the time….

  11. Signalling is no doubt the worst violated infraction in this city above all other driving infractions. Drivers are suppose to signal about five car lengths before you reach the intersection. I would put the figure at above seventy percent failure in doing it correctly, if at all. Other fun stuff you forgot to mention, U-turns in Coney Island Ave and Cortelyou, double and triple parking that causes massive road constraints (Cortelyou FDNY), illegal passing at intersections, and operating cell phones.

    Lets not forget the not quite illegal but equally bad activities of eating, doing make up, reading the paper, shaving, chatting while looking directly at the passenger. I would mention masturbation and fellatio, but I’ve only seen that on four different occasions so I wouldn’t call it regular.

    People have to remember that something can happen at any moment. In my driving career, I avoided a jack knifed tractor trailer in New Jersey and a complete hydraulic brake failure at 50mph on the Belt Parkway all due to paying attention at the task at hand. Hell, I even read the gauges when I’m not driving and that has prevented at least one run out fuel story and another overheating situation in a bad location (the Holland tunnel).

  12. If I’m struck by a car I have a much greater chance of being killed, but as a pedestrian I find I have more close calls with cyclists than with cars. So, I’d like to see a crackdown on *all* offenses committed by both cars and cyclists. I don’t believe it has to be “either / or” in this case.

  13. What about the delivery guys who ride unlicensed scooters on sidewalks, through red lights and up one way streets in the wrong direction?

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