The NYPD officer pictured below was parked in the bike lane, and then he ticketed cyclists who left the bike lane to get around him.
I talked with “RA” (the cyclist in the picture). He tells me he moved out of the bike lane and into the street just like he’s supposed to do. He told Gothamist:
The lane was being blocked by a cop car and as I pulled around it a cop pulled me over and informed me of my infraction. About 5 or 6 other cyclists got the same treatment. The cop later moved his car so that it wasn’t in the bike lane (but was now parked squarely in the turning lane).
A couple of other cyclists got pulled over, but argued with the cop that they had to leave the lane because he was parked there—those people were allowed to ride on. After pulling a bunch of us he must of realized how stupid his logic was and decided to cross to the other side of the road.
NY City has a mandatory bike lane law, but stopped motor vehicles in the lane are specifically listed as an exception. Here’s the kicker, though: RA was cited for violating 19-176, which is New York City’s sidewalk riding code, and he never touched the sidewalk.
More at The Gothamist.
Photo used with permission.