NYPD Issuing Warnings to Brooklyn Bridge Cyclists

bbsign1.jpgLast month we wrote about NYPD officers slowing cyclists on the Queensborough Bridge, ostensibly due to ongoing construction work. A tipster tells us that police are now setting up on the Brooklyn Bridge to instruct cyclists to dismount, under threat of receiving a summons.

I am a very conservative rider. I was wearing a helmet, had a front
light blinking during the day, have fenders, a bell, etc. I was
traveling at a slow speed to come to the end of the Brooklyn side of
the Brooklyn Bridge to make a right onto Tillary Street. When I got
to the very end of the bike route (where a car usually blocks the
crosswalk), a uniformed officer told me that I was supposed to dismount
and walk to the point where the path ends, and where we were then standing. I pointed her to the bicycle symbol painted on the ground about 10 feet
from where we were and she pointed up to a sign about 30 feet
away and explained that from that point to the end, bikers were to
dismount and that C class summonses were going to be handed out shortly
and that she was providing a warning. There is no corresponding sign
from the entry point of the bridge to the "dismount" sign for bikers to
walk toward Manhattan for 30 feet.

I ride this route every day and never noticed the sign. As you know, there is lax enforcement of all traffic laws when it comes to motor vehicles and this is infuriating to be warned that desk appearance tickets will soon be dispensed.

  • Chris m

    I got a ticket this morning there. I think it’s $250, for running the red light when using the crosswalk to enter the bike lane on the bridge on the brooklyn side. This is the same as a motor vehicle ticket.

    The ticket states I ran a red light. What I did was use the crosswalk when there was a walk signal. I used to use one of the two left turning lanes for car and turn with the green, but the traffic officers told me to use the crosswalk instead. I think it’s really the best way to get on the bridge.

    Asking cyclists to stop and dismount to get on a bike path is not a solution. The lane is poorly designed and puts pedestrians in harms way. The cyclists shoud have a dedicated lane in the roadway over the bridge and leave the walking path to the peds.

    Coming from my side there is no sign to indicate how to transfer from the roadway to the bike path.

  • Chris m

    oops, i mean right turning vehicles.

  • “The cyclists shoud have a dedicated lane in the roadway over the bridge and leave the walking path to the peds.”

    I agree with this entirely, except the shoud part.

    I think about this every time I ride over the Brooklyn. What we give up to cars is sickening, what is more revolting is that cops can’t seem to write tickets for motorists who kill or maim Peds and cyclists, but can cook up some lame excuses to ticket bikers while they access a bike route designated by City published maps. I keep thinking I can’t trust them any less. This will be a fun 5 more years of this mixed message from City Hall.

  • Fine for using the safest possible route to access the bridge while on a bicycle: $250.

    Fine for killing someone while driving an SUV: $0.

    Five more years of Mayor “Third term’s the charm” Bloomberg: Priceless.

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