July 8th, 2019: Why Is This Crackdown Different From All Other Crackdowns?

Another hot day today:

Monday Weather

Monday Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Northeast wind 3 to 5 mph.

Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 68. South wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Sunrise 5:33am

Sunset 8:29pm

Take your time out there, move that bag off your bike, and stop for refreshments as needed.

In response to the latest spate of cycling deaths in the city, TransAlt will stage a mass die-in tomorrow evening in Washington Square Park:

Citi Bike is lending their endorsement:

And also providing valet service at their nearby station:

Meanwhile, if you're wondering how the "Bicycle Safe Passage Plan" is going...

...here's your answer:

Of course, ticketing cyclists at dawn for rolling through red lights at t-intersections on totally barren streets is positively charitable compared to running them off the road:

Clearly when it comes to cycling enforcement the NYPD are not abandoning their tried and true "stop hitting yourself" approach:

Though here's the "official" account of what happened:

In other words, the cyclist jumped off the bike, and to save the public from the runaway ghost-ridden Citi Bike the officer was forced to ram it into a parked car.

Seems legit.

As for the rider's alleged failure to comply, if only police cars were equipped with some sort of technology to make them audible even over a Citi Biker's Spotify playlist...

In any case, this incident doesn't bode well for the latest crackdown, and even the Daily News Editorial Board is skeptical:

Alas, Mayor de Blasio’s proposed solution, a three-week surge of enhanced traffic enforcement, is tragically half-hearted. No matter how many tickets NYPD officers hand out in the short term, surges in the numbers of bike riders and erratic law enforcement will almost surely mean more deaths around the bend.

Though how are cyclists supposed to ride in blocked bike lanes?

Not every street needs a bike lane, but where they exist, they must function properly. Cops must consistently punish trucks, buses and cars — including police cars — that block them. Wherever possible, lanes should be protected, with barriers preventing heavy vehicles from encroaching on bicycles’ space.

The burden is not on drivers alone. Too many cyclists ride outside of bike lanes even where they exist. A shocking number of city bicyclists was recently counted flouting traffic laws.

"Shocking"?  That's the study that found that about 50% of cyclists stop fully for red lights, about 20% do an "Idaho stop," and about 50% do a right on red.  As for this observation:

Even though those breaches don’t typically threaten lives as the bad behavior of drivers does, they shouldn’t be tolerated. Why aren’t highly visible bike safety campaigns as ubiquitous as other city sponsored public health ads?

Don't give them any more bright ideas: