In Which the NYPD Tickets a Citi Biker on 2nd Avenue

Posted on: August 15th, 2014 at 9:14 am by

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Cops are cracking down big time on bicyclists through the end of the month. It’s all part of “Operation Safe Cycle,” a two-week bicycle safety initiative by the NYPD. We watched it happen in the flesh.

Walking down Second Avenue on Wednesday, the officer driving this unmarked Chevy Impala pulled over a cyclist who ran a red at East Third Street. The sirens were on, but the cop was yelling out the window at the biker to pull over. Not just any biker, though. A Citi Bike customer!

While capturing the above photo, another cyclist waiting at the red told us he had been arrested on Monday for the same infraction. Arrested. He spent fourteen hours in jail, brought in a charge for something called “disrupting government officiation.” We hadn’t heard of that, but still quite the penalty.

More on “Operation Safe Cycle” per the NYPD:

he initiative will target the following hazardous violations that create a danger for pedestrians and bicyclists: failure to stop at a red light, disobey a traffic signal or sign, riding the wrong direction against traffic, riding on the sidewalk, and failure to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk. An additional focus will be given to motorists who obstruct bicycle lanes, which creates a hazardous condition for bicyclists.

The NYPD asks all persons bicycling and driving in the City to make safety a priority. The NYPD is committed to providing a safe environment for all New Yorkers.

Watch out!

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