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Forgot to post this earlier. This may be the first topic I actually agree with Mayor de Blasio on.

https://www.nydailynews.com/new-yor...0190904-kxb62vi3y5hfnag2y7vbpr4zze-story.html

Mayor de Blasio says bicycle licenses should be considered, promises to sic cops on cyclists




Mayor Bill De Blasio said today that one way to make the city safer for cyclists is to pass laws that discourage people from riding bikes in the first place.


Mayor Bill De Blasio said today that one way to make the city safer for cyclists is to pass laws that discourage people from riding bikes in the first place. (Luiz C. Ribeiro/for New York Daily News)



Mayor de Blasio on Wednesday said he was considering requiring bike riders to be licensed, and even pitched the idea of forcing Citi Bike renters to wear helmets.

“We have to think about what’s going to be safe for people first, but also what’s going to work,” the mayor said of the helmet requirement. “Is it something we could actually enforce effectively? Would it discourage people from riding bikes? I care first and foremost about safety.”

De Blasio added that he thinks the idea to force cyclists to have licenses and registration is a “valid discussion.”

Whether or not he moves forward with the license requirement, the mayor said he plans to crack down on cyclists who break traffic laws, despite little evidence suggesting that bikes are a menace to public safety.

“We are going to keep expanding enforcement on bicycles as well, because we still have a lot of bike riders who have to remember they have to follow the rules,” said de Blasio.

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UOne pedestrian has been killed by a bicyclist this year, while 20 cyclists have been killed in car crashes.

The mayor’s promise to sic cops on bike riders disturbed street safety advocates, who said his ideas would make streets more dangerous.

“It’s pretty clear that the difference between a cyclist running a red light or a pedestrian crossing against the signal doesn’t wreak havoc like a multi ton motorized vehicle disobeying a traffic signal,” said Joe Cutrufo, spokesman for advocacy group Transportation Alternatives.. “The two are not same.”

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Council Speaker Corey Johnson also thought the comments were misguided.

“I’m all about safety, but we need to be encouraging cycling, not creating obstacles,” Johnson tweeted Wednesday. “These ideas won’t help us increase bike riding in NYC.”



De Blasio in July announced a $58.4 million plan to rapidly expand the city’s network of protected bike lanes — the city Department of Transportation will hire 80 new staffers to help implement the plan.

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Still, Cutrufo argued that new regulations on bikes would lead to fewer cyclists in the city, regardless of the mayor’s plans for more bike lanes.

“Requiring helmets and bicycle licensing is counterproductive to Vision Zero because they’re a deterrent to cycling,” said Joe Cutrufo, spokesman for advocacy group Transportation Alternatives. "When you discourage people from riding a bike, fewer people will do it, and the safest cities in the world for riding a bike are the cities where there are the most cyclists.
“Requiring helmets and bicycle licensing is counterproductive to Vision Zero because they’re a deterrent to cycling,” Hmm - but requiring helmets and licensing for motorcycles isn't counterproductive to Vision Zero? Hypocritical much, Mister Cutrufo?

Be fair, Mister Mayor. Require licenses, insurance and helmets for bicycles if you require them for motorcycles. So far this year, NYC bicyclists have killed at least two pedestrians and injured at least 127, but motorcyclists have killed and injured zero (as best I can find.)


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Dumbest shit from the article:
some lycra douche said:
“It’s pretty clear that the difference between a cyclist running a red light or a pedestrian crossing against the signal doesn’t wreak havoc like a multi ton motorized vehicle disobeying a traffic signal,” said Joe Cutrufo, spokesman for advocacy group Transportation Alternatives.. “The two are not same.”
Yeah unless you have to fucking emergency stop cuz some pedaling retard decided to go wrong way and dart onto the crosswalk (both illegal) while you are making a left, causing an entire line of cars going straight to have to jam on their brakes with varied results. Sure a bicycle hitting someone doesn't have same impact as the car but it has impact on the rest of the traffic.
 

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Orlando Sentinel said:
An 18-year-old Orlando cyclist was arrested Saturday morning in Oviedo during a group ride, prompting outrage from the Central Florida cycling community.
A Seminole County deputy witnessed Javier López and an unidentified male run a stop sign on their bicycles near the intersection of Florida Avenue and Van Arsdale Street, according to the arrest report. The deputy said in the report that he yelled three times for López and the other cyclist to stop, but they looked at him and ignored his commands.
The deputy caught up with them by driving his patrol truck with emergency lights and siren on and pulled ahead of the two cyclists before stopping in their path on the road, the report said.
López and the other cyclist stopped riding but only López was arrested, the report said, without elaborating on the reason.

The deputy wrote in the report that López “pulled his arms away from me, attempting to defeat my efforts to handcuff him.”
Another Seminole deputy responded to the scene as a “large crowd of cyclists began to show signs of hostility and unruliness,” the report said.
Javier’s parents on Sunday afternoon told the Sentinel their lawyer asked them not to comment, but that they want to clear their son’s name.
Parents Annette Ayala and Javier López, who moved here from Puerto Rico four years ago, say their son has been cycling in groups since he was 6.
“We recognize the laws on the street between cyclists and motorized vehicles and we always try to comply with them," the father said.
Richard Genaro Perpinan, who said his son was the cyclist riding next to López, started a GoFundMe to help pay López’s legal fees.
“I understand enforcing the law, however, I do not understand the actions these sheriff’s carried out today,” Perpinan wrote. “Why ruin the life of a good kid, who is in essence a child, with a criminal record? This should have been, worse case scenario, a traffic violation.”
The GoFundMe page has been posted in multiple Facebook groups for cycling communities, with many angry cyclists leaving comments. “When aggressive policing replaces protecting and serving, we can only be happy this kid was not alone with this cop,” one person commented.
López is charged with fleeing a law enforcement officer and obstruction without violence. He was released from Seminole County Jail on a $8,500 bond.
 
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