Stop the ticketing blitz of cyclists in New York's Central Park.
  • Petitioned Mayor Mike Bloomberg

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Mayor of New York City
Mayor Mike Bloomberg

Stop the ticketing blitz of cyclists in New York's Central Park.

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May 2011


After a major uproar among New York City cyclists, the NYPD has agreed to ease off a ticketing blitz that had threatened to sour bike riders on one of the most famous urban parks in the world.

The New York Cycle Club, one of the nation's largest all-volunteer recreational cycling clubs, started a petition that gained more than 1,000 signatures. The petition asked New York City officials to amend the cyclist-targeted ticketing approach and go back to a reasonable policy of ticketing all park users (walkers, runners, cyclists, and drivers) who were truly reckless on the road. As the club gathered the signatures on the petition and the issue gained media attention, NYCC President Ellen Jaffe joined other bicycle advocacy organizations and concerned cyclists to meet with the police department officials, New York City councilmembers, and members of Mayor Bloomberg's administration to successfully work out a resolution to the crackdown.


The current NYPD ticketing blitz of cyclists in Central Park has essentially taken away our right to recreationally cycle in the park.

Being made to stop for red lights in an empty park, no matter the hour or traffic density, is irrational, eliminating the park for recreational cycling.

New York Cycle Club advocates safe and responsible cycling. We urge Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD to find a solution that allows safe recreational cyclists to use Central Park without harassment or fear of ticketing when the park is closed to car traffic.


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      Central Park is literally a second home for thousands of New Yorkers. Many of them are cyclists.
      But with the NYPD's recent and largely unfair "crackdown" on riders in the park, this home is under threat.
      As I wrote about earlier this week, since...

    3. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Christian McCarthy NEW YORK, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      "Mayor" Bloomberg is a tourist who runs the city like a big wig texes oil Tycoon! Make bike tickets relative to the crime... a bike is not a car and should not pay the same fine as a powerd vehical. stop getting money because you can .... you pathetic self elected dare I call you mayor!!!

    • David Guerrero SOUTH AMBOY, NJ
      • over 3 years ago

      A lot of tax payers use their bicycles to commute to work among other reasons.

      Less cars on the streets, pollution

      and congestion.

      I'm sure the Mayor can find other sources of income for the city

    • Joseph Martin Carasso NEW YORK, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      During car free times, the park is meant to be used. Bikers, runners, or walkers should not have to stop for a red light because it defeats the purpose of the park -- to be used for recreation and enjoyment. Also, this is a policy that will never be enforced fairly and evenly -- are you going to ticket all the walkers and tourists when the park is busy? In all likehood, only the bikers will be ticketed and everyone else will ignore the lights, which is not fair.

    • steven pettenati PLEASANTVILLE, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      This will just send more cyclist onto the streets of New York city. CP is a haven in a crazy city. Giving out 270$ tickets for speeding on roads closed to cars is stupid and will put cyclists and pedestrians at risk of more accidents. I not sure i understand what the problem is here. I always look both ways before entering a roadway, just because the park is closed dosn't mean you should forget the basic rules of crossing a street.

    • Laura Andriani NEW YORK, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      The vast majority of us cyclists are responsible, rational and cautious riders. Intalling flashing yellow lights in Central Park is a smart idea that everyone will benefit from!


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