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Who’s Blocking New York’s Bike Lanes? New York’s Finest

The fine for stopping or parking in a bike lane in New York City is $115. But this new site shows that the people who are supposed to be enforcing that fine might be some of the worst offenders.

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We’ve seen construction in New York City bike lanes, cars in bike lanes, garbage trucks in bike lanes, and unwitting pedestrians in bike lanes, thanks to the efforts of filmmaker Casey Neistat and the #GetOffMyBikeLane! blog. Now comes a blog solely dedicated to another type of beast found in the bike lane wild: Cop cars.

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Source: Cops in Bike Lanes

Cyclists, your moment of validation has arrived. Cops in Bike Lanes is a particularly incriminating document when you consider that the NYPD issued a whopping 25,000 citations to cyclists for biking on the sidewalk last year, making avoiding the crap often lodged in bike lanes the third most common summons citation in the city.

That fact doesn’t appear to be lost on those submitting photos. The majority of submissions contain a clear shot of the NYPD license plate–whether it be a paddy wagon, or that NYPD tow truck neatly double parked several feet away from the curb.

Source: Cops in Bike Lanes

Citibike vans (yes, they have vans) ironically don’t appear to be exempt.


The fine, in case you were wondering, for “stopping, standing or parking within a marked bicycle lane” is $115. NYPD, you just got busted.

About the author

Sydney Brownstone is a Seattle-based former staff writer at Co.Exist. She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with windows that don’t quite open, and covers environment, health, and data

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