Post by DontDentMyCar on May 25, 2014 16:15:43 GMT -5
If he want actual action they make a complaint to the precinct, not an individual officer, and write a letter to the mayor as well. Other than that it's just showboating, and, promoting hatred of the police who are following policy.
There's no corruption here @baddriversofcoumbusga but the officer could of let him go considering the obstructions the bike rider had to deal with, and I'm assuming there was something the bike rider had to ride around and then got the ticket… which if he had you'd think the bike rider would of mentioned it. Instead he just says sometimes it's safer to ride in the road. All the officer did was do his job and was very polite in explaining to the bike rider what he could do. That does not equal corruption.
If on the other hand you think bike riders should be allowed to ride in the road, like I do, assuming they follow the laws of vehicles, then we can agree on that point.
Post by DontDentMyCar on May 26, 2014 12:45:08 GMT -5
Apparently in NYC a bike can't ride on the road if there's a bike lane (I would have to verify this). And, we really don't know how this bike rider was riding… he was probably weaving all over the place for the police officer to stop him. I see bike riders doing all sorts of things in front of police and they rarely pull them over for a ticket, so given this guys attitude as expressed by his own video I'm pretty sure he was probably acting in a reckless manner, but this is just speculation.
That ticket can be challenged in court like all tickets, and if deemed inappropriate can be discounted and even lead to having the law changed.
That's what I kind of hate about videos like his, they really don't tell the full story, just one point of view. This is why dash cams are great, that is if the public is shown the whole footage including what leads up to an incident. Certainly there are injustices, but to assume this is one is pure speculation.
There used to be a great little website that documented all the vehicles that blocked bike lanes. You could look up every incident for every day in NYC and see a picture of who was blocking the bike lane including license plates. It even had a summary that showed that FedEx trucks blocked more bike lanes than any other vehicle, followed by other delivery services. The guy running the site finally let it go. I don't know if it's still available for viewing archived info or not. It was called something like 'don't block my bike lane'.
In this respect I'm working on changes to the zoning (not literally, just conceptually) in NYC so that there will be more public parking garages to lessen the loads of on-street parking, freeing up space for delivery, taxi's, short-term parkers and especially school busses, teachers, etc. It's really an infrastructure problem that has never been addressed in NYC as the congestion of so many vehicles really creates these issues. If this very ambitious goal is reached it could also mean safer streets in NYC as driving next to parked cars is pretty dangerous situation.
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