17 Aug 2014 06:58 PM EST
-by Vania Andre, Staff Writer; Image: Screenshot of an “Operation Safe Cycle” pamphlet (Image Source: NYPD Press)
Wednesday kicked off the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) “Operation Safe Cycle” initiative.
The campaign targets cyclists that violate traffic rules, ride against traffic or on the sidewalk and fail to yield to pedestrians.
The two-week safety initiative will run through Aug. 26 and expects to “zero in on violations that create a danger for pedestrians and bicyclists,” the NYPD said in a statement.
“An additional focus will be given to motorists who obstruct bicycle lanes, which creates a hazardous condition for bicyclists,” the statement noted.
Violations for cyclists include:
- failing to stop at a red light;
- disobeying a traffic signal or sign;
- riding the wrong direction against traffic;
- riding on the sidewalk;
- failing to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.
“The NYPD asks all persons bicycling and driving in the City to make safety a priority,” the statement said. “The NYPD is committed to providing a safe environment for all New Yorkers.”
Currently, some cyclists’ concern is that the NYPD often obstructs bike lanes, which goes against their own initiative.Comments
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