Thursday, 30 August 2012

Cops and cyclists in New York City

Police certainly haven't spared any resources in one area: ticketing cyclists. In 2011, truckers got 14,962 moving violation summonses and 10,415 Criminal Court summonses, while cyclists got 13,743 moving violation summonses and 34,813 Criminal Court summonses. (Large vehicles only account for 5-17% of vehicles on New York City's streets, but are involved in 30% of all cycling fatalities.) Of the 241 pedestrians or cyclists who were killed by drivers last year, only 17 of the drivers responsible faced criminal charges.