Officers Stopping Cyclists in Central Park
From Streetsblog commenter Steve:
Project "Look" may include new programmatic law enforcement efforts targeting bicyclists. Each morning this week we were confronted by a Parks & Rec. Department law enforcement personnel operating checkpoints at different locations on the Central Park Loop.
Today's checkpoint was different than the previous two. There were two serial checkpoints, with the officers at the first one (located midway up a downhill stretch) gathering information on the bicyclists passing them and radioing it down to a more formal checkpoint at the foot of the hill.
We were actually waved through a red light by the officers up the hill, I think because they saw that we were going to stop in time for the red light and thus yield no useful information for the officer at the foot of the hill.
The officer at the foot of the hill didn't seem to be giving out tickets, only warnings. However, we saw him grabbing and detaining bicyclists who attempted to evade him by riding in the traffic lane outside the cones, and giving them extra-long warnings. One of these counseling sessions was actually pretty intense, with the bicyclist attempting to wrench his arm free.
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