Brooklyn bike lane turns into sidewalk, results in fines for cyclists
Jason Sanders | November 26, 2008 at 09:56 amby
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Unfortunately, cyclists are still being fined by police for riding on the sidewalk as a reader of Gothamist noted in his letter to the New York blog:
"As I reach the corner of South 4th Street and South 5th Place, just one short block away from one of the Brooklyn entrances to the Williamsburg bridge, I see that the bike lane arrows turn and point to the sidewalk. I thought it odd but I followed it knowing that it was just a short bit away from the entrance. 3/4 ways down the sidewalk I get stopped by 2 cops telling me that I can't ride on the sidewalk.... And then they proceed to give me a ticket!
UPDATE: DOT spokesman Scott Gastell tells us: "We are in the process of designating the sidewalk along South 5th Street as a shared bike/pedestrian path. We will soon add appropriate signs and directional bike stamps along the sidewalk (see example), and we are reaching out to the local precinct with additional details about the project, which is not yet complete."
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