To Hell with Public Safety, Bicyclists Run Free

Unsafe Bike Behavior Ignored on Roosevelt Island, Part 3

Updated 10 weeks ago David Stone
After running a stop sign, this guy continued unconcerned past PSD's main office.
After running a stop sign, this guy continued unconcerned past PSD's main office.
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Aggravation over lax enforcement of rules for bike riders on Roosevelt Island spiked on Friday. Really, it's no enforcement. A PSD officer relaxed against a car while an eBike rider ran straight through a stop sign twenty feet away, just outside RIOC's headquarters. "Aren't you going to do something? That guy just ran the stop sign," I yelled in exasperation. "Who?" the drowsy officer asked. The rider was six feet away from him.

In spite of promises to "pay special attention to this matter," RIOC hasn't done anything since our report last week.

Why let a stop sign interfere with bicycle fun?
Why let a stop sign interfere with bicycle fun?
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Less than nothing, in reality, because RIOC's Public Safety Department has signaled every bike rider entering our community that the laws don't apply to them. As long as you have no more than two wheels under you, you can run stop signs, ride on the sidewalk, go against traffic on one-way streets and not fear interruption from anyone paid to enforce laws passed to protect us.

Bike riders are special, according to RIOC, and the rest of us had better look out.

Here's a medley of photos and videos from Sunday afternoon.

One-way streets only apply to cars, right?
One-way streets only apply to cars, right?
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Southtown bicyclist have not rules.
Southtown bicyclist have not rules.
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The pleasure of gliding through crosswalks, oblivious to everything but the ride.
The pleasure of gliding through crosswalks, oblivious to everything but the ride.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

 

Here's some fun. Most of these pictures were taken while I sat here, right outside Public Safety's door. The officers were relaxed inside.
Here's some fun. Most of these pictures were taken while I sat here, right outside Public Safety's door. The officers were relaxed inside.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

 

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