WHY WE FIGHT
NYPD Issued Almost 50,000 Bicycle Tickets in 2011
The NYPD doled out 48,556 summonses to bike riders in 2011. That figure was reported by Executive Officer of the Transportation Bureau, John Cassidy at a hearing held by the NY City Council Wednesday on NYPD policies for traffic investigations.
About 250,000 people ride a bike each day in New York city, and about 500,000 ride at least several times a month, according to the New York City Department of Transportation.
At the start of last year the New York Police Department cracked down on cyclists breaking traffic laws. Bike community protests erupted, compromise was gingerly reached, and outrage faded. The pace of ticketing, however, did not abate.
By the end of 2011, police handed cyclists 13,743 moving violations — those are for less serious infractions like riding on pedestrian-only paths in parks, or riding on a sidewalk. Most of the summonses last year — about 35,000 — were the more serious criminal court summonses for infractions like running red lights.
By comparison, Cassidy said the NYPD’s specialized truck enforcement units issued about 25,000 tickets to truck drivers.
Just great. Note that NYPD stop-and-frisks broke records last year, and low-level cannabis busts nearly made a record. Three youth were killed by the NYPD in a week around the start of the month—including an unarmed 18-year-old marijuana possession suspect in The Bronx, shot as he tried to flush his stash down the toilet after being chased into an apartment. The slaying of the youth, Ramarley Graham, brought angry protesters to the streets.
This comes as the NYPD is mired in a scandal concerning profiling of Muslims and CIA collaboration.