Starting Wednesday, the New York City Police Department is launching another street safety initiative, this time focused on the city's bicyclists.
Whereas the department's previous campaigns targeted drivers of the four-wheel variety, Operation Safe Cycle is focused on tracking and preventing hazardous violations by cyclists that endanger them and pedestrians, police said.
Cops around the city will look out for any bicycle riders who they think fail to stop at a red lights, disobey a traffic signal or sign, ride the wrong direction against traffic, ride on the sidewalk, and fail to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.
Generally, bike riders are subject to the same traffic laws that divers are required to follow, along with the same fines.
But drivers aren't in the clear, according to the NYPD's statement. There will be some attention paid to motorists who are seen to park in, drive through or generally obstruct designated bicycle lanes, which might create hazardous conditions for bicyclists.
It was unclear how that might affect complaints lodged against NYPD vehicles who park in bicycle lanes, as documented by Tumblr account "Cops in Bike Lanes."
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