By Carol Tannenhauser
If you were out and about on the Upper West Side on Sunday afternoon you may have noticed some commotion around West 69th and 70th Streets and Broadway. A reader sent West Side Rag the following email:
“Looks like some major unlicensed motorcycle/ebike bust today between 69th and 70th St. and Broadway… lots of bikes being taken away and people yelling on the street.…Wondering if this is partially in response to all the concerns about people getting hit or nearly hit by bikes going the wrong way on roads, riding on sidewalks, etc., or whatever. It’s an absolute zoo on the uws right now.”
An NYPD spokesperson confirmed our reader’s observations, but revealed that it was, in fact, “a citywide operation concerning illegal motorcycles and ebikes.” The officer reported that the department was still “updating the numbers” and will release them and the details of the operation “by midnight.”
Watch for it tomorrow in the Rag.
Update: On Monday, August 21, at 1:15 p.m. WSR received the following report from the NYPD:
“The NYPD conducted a Motorcycle and Two-Wheel Safety operation from 8/17 to 8/20. We have seen a spike in motorcycle and other two-wheeled device injuries over the past month. This initiative will focus on ensuring that operators of two-wheeled devices (illegal motorized scooters, mopeds, dirt bikes, ATV’s, motorcycles) are in compliance with appropriate VTL [vehicle and traffic law] regulations, and devices that are not street legal (illegal motorized scooters, dirt bikes and ATV’s) are seized and invoiced. This operation will allow us to focus on keeping riders on two-wheeled devices safe. Statistics will be available in the near future.”
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