NYPD Steps Up Biker Enforcement at Chrystie and Rivington
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It’s a normal occurrence of late. The 5th Precinct sends a detatchment of officers to the intersection of Chrystie and Rivington Street with the purpose of enforcing the rules of the road. Yet specifically targeting the hordes of cyclists that head northbound during the morning rush. Cops stand around, hopeful of issuing $190 tickets to those breezing through the red light there. Four stood watch yesterday, and we overheard one griping how he’d rather not be assigned to such a menial task.
Anyway, Streetsblog called it like shooting fish in a barrel. And with good cause. Bikers heading north at this “T-intersection” face no motorized traffic conflicts (unless by a cop crusing through the center of Sara D. Roosevelt Park). So it makes sense to many that the red should be treated as a Yield and not punishable. You know, the so-called “Idaho Stop.”