DOT Wants Cameras to Catch Bike-Lane Blockers (But Will Albany Allow It?)

Here's why you can't trust cops to do bike lane enforcement. File photo: Dan Miller

The city wants to crack down on scofflaw drivers who illegally park and stop in the bike lane by deploying cameras to catch and ticket them, according to the Department of Transportation — but the agency can't realize its dream of cop-free enforcement without help from Albany.

The DOT put out a so-called Request for Expressions of Interest on Sept. 15, which calls for interested vendors to help set up an automated bike lane enforcement program for city’s hundreds of miles of bikes lanes — similar to the system currently in place that automatically catches drivers who speed in school zones or go through red lights.

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