Ticket Tackling, or How the NYPD Pulls Over Cyclists on Canal Street
This photo illustrates the extent to which the NYPD is cracking down on cyclists as part of the Mayor’s “Vision Zero” initiative. A 5th Precinct cruiser was stationed at the mouth of the Manhattan Bridge this past Sunday to ticket as many bikers as possible coming from the span. You know, low-hanging fruit.
Several cyclists fell victim due to traffic violations. However, one red-light-runner in particular faced forceful ticketing when the police officer leaped and dragged the dude from the bike (cyclist didn’t stop when asked). Both hit the pavement and a ticket was later issued. Not sure the amount, yet the smallest traffic fine a cyclist can receive is apparently $50.
The goal of Vision Zero is to increase overall traffic safety across the city and thereby change the current street culture. Or, to quote cityspeak – “The fundamental message of Vision Zero is that death and injury on city streets is not acceptable, and that we will no longer regard serious crashes as inevitable.”