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 driving, speeding, and other hazardous driving behaviors.
It will be interesting to see how this is enforced in the 78th Precinct, which covers part of our area and where a new Commanding Officer recently took over from one who had been making a big push for traffic safety.
If you have some experience with Operation Safe Cycle in the neighborhood, let us know in the comments, or at [email protected].