Scofflaw cyclists are out of control
Dear Town & Village,
On two separate occasions I have been knocked down by bicycles going the wrong way against the light! This has led me to look both ways on one-way streets and in all directions when crossing the street. Now I have come so close to having had been run over on sidewalks with bicycles riding on sidewalks, going the wrong way! Stuy Town is pretty strict about the rules regarding bicycles riding around the Oval (riders are approached by Public Safety Officers to dismount) but of course, they cannot be everywhere.
No one should be riding on sidewalks or riding the wrong way against traffic.
Something has to be done!
Could we encourage the NYPD to pick a week, any week, and clamp downs on lawbreakers? NYPD should come out in full force to demand that laws are enforced! It is a serious issue!
- Give tickets for those who do not stop at stop signs.
- Give tickets for those who do not stop at red lights.
- Give tickets for those who are riding the wrong way on one-way streets. Bicycles are supposed to ride in the same directions as cars.
- Confiscate these illegal electric bicycles and fine restaurants that have delivery people using them.
- Give tickets to bicycle riders who are riding on sidewalks.
It would be a good idea if some course were offered regarding laws that must be obeyed while riding a bicycle in the New York City. More and more accommodation seems to be given to bicycle riders — more lanes, more Citi Bikes, relaxed laws regarding helmets (they should be required), parking spaces that have been usurped — and it is only going to get worse when the L train shuts down and more inexperienced bicycle riders take to the roads.
The New York Police Department needs to get more actively involved; pedestrians have rights and should be protected. Otherwise there is going to be big trouble! “People are mad as hell and are not going to take this anymore,” to quote a famous line from a movie. We are sick and tired of bicycle riders not obeying the law!
Kay Vota, ST
Traffic agents needed from 14th-23rd
As long as the Peter Cooper/Stuyvesant Town Community continues to be disproportionately impacted due to the L train shutdown, we must call on our elected officials to insure that public safety is increased from 14th Street to 23rd Street.
A two-way bike lane on East 20th Street (north side) compounded by increased bus dispatches in both directions leaves little room for pedestrians to navigate. There are four traffic lights from First Avenue to the FDR Drive. The NYPD needs to station traffic agents at each for the public’s safety.
Additionally, as the city is promoting more bicycle traffic during this time, the traffic laws need to be enforced for the bike riders and this means stopping at red lights.
Our community is sacrificing during the construction and shutdown and the least the city can do is to add more resources while we endure the disruptions.
Charles G. Sturcken, ST