Today’s Headlines

  • More From São Paulo: World Bank to Standardize C40 Cities’ Climate Change Efforts (NYT)
  • Marty Golden Wants Summertime Ped Plazas for Third Ave.; Bklyn Paper Drops the “M” Word
  • Who Owns Whom? Boston Globe Schools the Times on Fact-Driven Transpo Coverage
  • Cuomo Nominates Developer Howard Milstein to Head Thruway Authority (NYT)
  • New East River Ferry Service Set to Launch Mid-Month (Crain’s, NY1)
  • Bloomberg Says Tourist-Toting Helicopters Too Profitable to Ground (News)
  • White House Talks Up Auto Industry Bailout, Though Taxpayers Could Lose Billions (UPI)
  • On Video: Cop Berated for Parking Cruiser in Second Ave. Bike Lane to Ticket Cyclist (Gothamist)
  • City Hopes to Guilt Drivers Into Not Running Down Harlem School Kids (DNAinfo)
  • Rest Easy, New Yorkers: 64-Year-Old Violinists Are Under Control (City Room)

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  • vnm

    Wow, I’m so glad that the Brooklyn Paper takes a dispassionate, unbiased approach to reporting on current events.

  • carma

    if i was the officer, i would have given ross a ticket myself for obstruction of justice.  clearly, she is one of the annoying “entitled” users.  i mean, let the officer do his job.  its a tough job.  pulling cars over for violations sometimes forces cops to block a traffic lane as well.

    ross should have shut up. mind her business, and bike around.  its NOT THAT HARD TO BIKE IN TRAFFIC for that Weeeee split second.  if shes so scared.  get off.  walk the bike on the sidewalk.

    but for god damns sake.  just let the officer do his job.

  • David_K

    The “bikelash” ticket blitz is dumb policy by NYPD, fueled by equally dumb local media outlets churning up sensational garbage about how bikes make the city’s streets unsafe, and impinge upon the people’s God-given rights to enjoy themselves in their cars…
    That said, in this case I found myself on the officer’s side, and I applaud him for rather politely replying to Ross’s badgering.

  • Driver

     She was lucky she approached such a mellow cop. I wish they were all this relaxed.  The practice of ticketing the cyclists is BS, but  given the fact that this is a traffic stop, the cop seems in the right.   The nature of traffic stops does not allow the cops to park legally, they are often conducted in traffic lanes.
    He probably thinks the ticket he is writing is BS also, but he can’t say that.  Like many of us, he has to do what his boss tells him, whether he thinks it’s sensible or not.

  • krstrois

    Man, this video was just painful to watch. I was cringing the whole time. I have to say that this is the kind of behavior that keeps me from becoming more involved in activism. And that’s probably true for other people, too. It’s a total turn-off. It’s counterproductive wrt our collective safety as cyclists to go crazy about stupid stuff and distracts from the seemingly endless serious stuff we cyclists and pedestrians contend with every day. I wish she would have kept that in perspective. 

  • carma

    most of the traffic stops are BS.  but they do serve a purpose of getting public awareness.  the last time i got a speeding ticket around 13 years ago, i was doing 78 in a 65.  for a wide open road in upstate ny.  i hardly call that reckless.  was i guilty.  yes.  but it certainly did something else.  it raised my awareness to watch out.
    same applies to cyclists.  i would hardly call most “casual” look stop and run a red light reckless if there were no oncoming traffic.  and yield to pedestrian right of way.  but guess what, it raises your awareness that you DO need to stop at a red light.
    nevertheless, the cop still must do his job.  and the law clearly states not to run a red.  so by giving the cop a hard time like this douchebag chic did is just uncalled for.

  • The East River ferry service is sort of a joke and definitely an example of misguided priorities. Too many problems with it; too few riders. 

  • J:Lai

    Nothing wrong with ferries per se,, but agreed that the resources could be much better used elsewhere in the transit system.  I think this is an area where a private operator would be preferable.  Could probably make a profit on weekday morning/evening rush hour service from greenpoint and redhook to midtown and lower manhattan, and possibly from LIC to lower manhattan.

  • J:Lai

    I think all sane people agree that this woman Ross gives bikers a bad name.  There are so many abuses of power by the NYPD, both involving bike tickets and otherwise, that it is astounding she is wasting time bothering the one cop who is actually not unduly hassling anyone.

  • M to the I

    Police not respecting bicyclists and bicycle infrastructure is a widespread problem in this city.  Sometimes if there is a chronic problem, your last straw gets pulled and you take your frustration out on someone who may not be the worst offender.  I know sometimes when Im riding home, if there happens to be a lot of pedestrians blocking the 2nd Ave bike lane, I don’t get angry up by 30th Street, but by 2nd Street, I am supremely pissed off.  It takes a lot to check myself.  I bet that this was one of those moments.

  • Daphna

    The problem in the first place is that the officer was giving a ticket to bicyclist.  Bicyclists are completely vulnerable and are aware of this and if someone proceeds through a red light, that means that bicyclist has looked and assessed that he/she will not endanger or inconvenience him/herself or anyone else.  Bicyclists know that motorists and pedestrians will not yield to them and often are not paying attention anyway, so the bicyclist knows to always take care and only proceed if it is safe.  Bicycling needs to be time-efficient if it is to attract more riders, so stopping, when not necessary for the safety or convenience of oneself or others, should not be required.  The NYPD needs to stop ticketing for this, or the City Council needs to pass an Idaho style law.

    Motorists killed more than 3,000 people in the last decade in NYC, while 9 people died from accidents with bicyclists.  When factoring the force that a vehicle will have on impact (that means multiplying weight times speed), the average motorist is 400 times as dangerous as the average bicyclist.  Motorists run red lights, speed, fail to yield, honk, double-park, park in the bike lanes, drive straddling lanes, etc – all dangerous illegal behaviors.  NYPD ticketing should be focused on motorists since they are 400 times as dangerous a bicyclist.

  • Anonymous

    Please dispense with the BS that the officer is just doing his job.

    I could fill a quota book of reckless bikers within an hour just by watching 2nd ave.  But, if he’s getting a slow rolling red light runner who’s riding parallel to jay walking pedestrians, then no, that’s an absolute waste of time.

    I hate the reckless bikers in this city.  The cops should focus on them.  

  • carma

    i cant believe some ppl below are even saying the officer is wrong.  you guys are insane.  sorry, but the cop IS DOING his job.  look.  its not an easy job.  i have buds who are cops and let me tell you.  the crap they see and have to deal w/ puts a lot of stress on you.  you think an officer wants to give a cyclist a ticket and then deal w/ the crap that spews out of that lady’s mouth??

    you really think that blocking a bike lane is really such a safety hazard to cyclists.  look! shit happens.  deal with it and either bike around it or walk your bike on the street.

    if you really think that cops should only focus on motor vehicles.  then you must live in your own fantasy bike realm.  lets put it this way.  a noisy neighbor blaring music at 1AM is probably no hazard to you.  do we not ticket them just b/c their music is not a 4000 lb vehicle speeding 35 mph in a 30mph zone?

    if you wanted fair treatment.  it is fair to ticket cyclists.  cyclists are not above the law.  there are cyclists who blow through red lights that ARE a safety hazard.  i can understand an idaho type law.  but the fact is the law is the law, and stopping at a light is a law.

  • Andrew

    @d8d46f16f380afef59ca318522397233:disqus I agree that it’s fair to ticket cyclists for running red lights.  But it’s a misallocation of resources to ticket cyclists for running red lights while not also ticketing motorists for running red lights, given that the latter is far more common and poses a far greater danger.

    I can’t remember the last time I saw a motorist ticketed for running a red light in this city, aside from tickets issued at the handful of intersections with cameras.

  • dporpentine

    @88b32fb69e499718d95067da9d3d7b03:disqus “if someone proceeds through a red light, that means that bicyclist has
    looked and assessed that he/she will not endanger or inconvenience
    him/herself or anyone else.”

    I can barely believe someone would type out a sentence so reality-free. Have you ever watched how people go through lights? I would say that the majority of people I see on a given day do a quick left-right scan as they get close to an intersection, calculate the various risks, and proceed ahead unless there’s substantial immediate risk to themselves and to themselves alone–“inconvenience” to pathetic little things like pedestrians or even to revered/feared motor vehicle drivers being the least of their concerns. Witness all the knuckle-draggers who circle in intersections, waiting for a chance to blow the light while sticking out into oncoming traffic on one side of their loop and into the crosswalk on the other.

    If you like breaking the law, endangering pedestrians and other people on bikes, setting drivers even further on edge, and helping tar all cyclists as irresponsible fops, fine. But don’t pretend that people normally do that as a result of some meaningful, other-oriented assessment of a given situation.

    Do you actually think that red light running is more common per capita among drivers than among cyclists?  Is that what you meant by “more common”?

  • Andrew

    @c661ddb94bcffdc2c6124e349eafdc77:disqus No, I didn’t mean per capita.  Per capita isn’t what’s relevant to exposure to pedestrians.  When I cross the street legally, I am at greater risk of being hit by a car than by a bicycle, and if I am hit, the injuries will be far greater if it’s a car than if it’s a bicycle.  So I think the police should be focusing primarily on cars.

    It’s not just red lights; failure to yield to pedestrians while turning is a far greater problem.  If I’m caught holding up a gun to your head, implying “give me your money or I will shoot,” I will be arrested.  If I’m caught accelerating a car toward you in a crosswalk, implying “get out of my way or I will hit you,” there are no consequences.  That needs to be corrected.