Eyes on the Street: Brooklyn Bike Patrol

Streetsblog regular “Moocow” submitted this shot, snapped this morning in South Slope. Anyone else spotted a cycling TEA?

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t seen one, but I think this is a good development.

    As an aside, whenever I pass a TEA on the street I make sure to thank them for doing a good job.  These agents, while actually enforcing useful laws, typically get zero respect from anyone (NYPD officers included) and have to risk dealing with psychos without the benefit of being armed. 

    Thanks, TEAs, keep up the good work.

  • Kaja

    Saw one yesterday midday at Tillary St and the Brooklyn Bridge. He was chillin with bros in the shade, bike on kickstand at the red light, presumably to make the point.

    (Who runs that light, anyway?)

  • m to the i

    I have seen one TEA on a bicycle, may have been the same officer.  They were riding up Myrtle into Fort Greene from downtown Brooklyn and passed me as I was heading toward the Manhattan Bridge on Ashland/Navy.  This was a couple of weeks ago.

  • carma

    wow.  this is great.  

  • PaulCJr

    While this is a good, the NYPD we want to see on the bikes are the real cops, not the former brownies.

  • Eric M Boucher

    @ju_12 whenever I pass a TEA I yell at them for blocking the bike lane with their car.

    Would love to see one on a bike. That way they could legally use the bike lane.

  • I saw a regular NYPD officer on bike patrolling midtown east a couple of days ago. It made me happy.

  • cycler

    Don’t know about NYC, but they’re very common in Cambridge MA

  • Johnw

    I saw two on Bedford Ave around Myrtle, actually exactly where it would be great to see some. That was once though

  • MFS

    I saw one on 21st street in Queens a few weeks ago.  He was weaving in and out of stopped cars- LOL!

  • Anonymous

    I used to see some bike cops in mid town years ago.  they had poor riding abilities.  The bike cops I saw in Madison Wisconsin were quite adept.  I hope this is a regular fixture.  there are so many good things about this.

  • Joshua Redfearn

     I saw one in Prospect Heights going the wrong way in a one way bike lane. Not sure how to feel about that.

  • Tyler

    The NYPD traffic enforcement agents are not police… and they do very little about actual *traffic* enforcement.  They are only authorized to deal with PARKING.  And the ironic thing is that they usually CREATE dangerous conditions while ticketing cars for non-danger producing infraction.  For example, double-parking their police car (creating a dangerous bottleneck on a busy street or blocking a bike lane) in order to ticket some expired meters.

    Uggh.

    It’s good to see the bikes, though.  Can’t double-park a bike.  And, i guess, they start to see why it’s important to ticket vehicles blocking bike lanes because they’ll (presumably) use them.  However, this does NOTHING about the rest of the traffic issues…. NYC needs to have the “real” police on bikes.  They need to experience the reckless driving, blocked lanes, high speed traffic, etc. etc. etc.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think the NYPD will put many cops on bikes unless they add sidecars or cargo wagons.  They need somewhere to eat a donut and take a nap.

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