Since we reported a couple of weeks ago that police in Central Park were cracking down on bicyclists who break the law when riding in Central Park, we’ve heard about some action in the park. Police have been out with speed guns, and have been handing out brochures explaining the rules to cyclists.
They’ve also installed digital signs that say “Bicyclists Must Obey All Vehicle Traffic Rules.”
We haven’t, however, heard much about people getting ticketed (word of bicyclists getting $200+ tickets tends to spread fast).
So is the education campaign working?
Early results aren’t so promising. A few hundred yards from one of the digital signs that was installed last weekend, every single bicyclist I saw (about a dozen) went through the light when it turned red. This weekend, the results were pretty much the same, with bicyclists coasting through the lights. A digital sign was placed right in front of a light around 74th Street on the West Side warning folks to follow the rules, but in 10 minutes the light didn’t turn red once, and pedestrians eventually gave up waiting and just crossed against the light anyway.
Our readers have lots of opinions about this issue, and posted numerous insightful comments on our last article; in our totally unscientific poll, most argued for police to crack down.
If any of you have been ticketed lately, been handed a brochure, or have an opinion about the digital signs, let us know in the comments.
Video of digital sign below: