More than 1/3 of motorbikes caught speeding in NYC bike lanes

An analysis by The Post found that more than a third of people riding motorized two-wheelers on the Big Apple’s protected bike lanes and greenways speed dangerously.

Although the city last week restarted its crackdown on dangerous driving by operating speed cameras around the clock, bike lanes remain a serious safety hazard filled with derision on e-bikes, mopeds and motorcycles that run continuously for 25-miles. Violation of the hourly speed limit.

Over the past week, a team of Post reporters used a radar gun to track speeders on the Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queensboro bridges, as well as on paths that cross bike lanes in Midtown and Hudson River Park.

Of the 486 two-wheelers observed, 167 – or 34% – were driving at more than 25 mph, with some exceeding 35 mph. These include dirt bikes, all-terrain vehicles and others that are illegal on city streets and bike lanes.

Of the 486 two-wheelers observed, 167 – or 34% – were driving at more than 25 mph, with some exceeding 35 mph.
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The need for speed was particularly noticeable on the Williamsburg Bridge, where 44 of the 74 motor bikes using its route in a one-hour period on Friday – or 59% – exceeded 25 mph.

The streets of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge were also full of speeders. In one hour, 37% and 30% of its bikers were also caught speeding by the reporter and the photographer respectively.

On the Queensboro Bridge, 18% of the 87 motorized bikers speeded over 25 mph – but, unlike other East River crossings, its bike lanes are shared with pedestrians, who are required to ride dirt bikes and others. Wicked Ride was forced to dodge.

The Department Of Transportation Is Installing Speed Cameras Located Across The Street From Ps28 In The Bronx.
The Department of Transportation is installing speed cameras located across the street from PS28 in the Bronx.
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On Thursday afternoon, The Post set out for an hour near Stuyvesant High School on Chambers Street and saw 33 — or 43 percent — of 77 motorized bikes zipping along the Hudson River Park bike path over the speed limit.

New Yorkers said they are fed up with bike-lane law breakers.

“This is a big problem!” Barked 60-year-old cyclist Peter Epstein after he pedaled along scenic bike lanes on Manhattan’s West Side. “People are walking” because they have “the green light to cross the path, and this” [motor] The bike is zooming right above them; Nobody even has time to react. It’s just crazy. ,

Moped On Bike Path At 59Th Street Bridge.
Moped on bike path at 59th Street Bridge.

Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine last week proposed converting part of the adjacent West Side Highway into a two-way protected bike lane so that electric bikes and other legal motorized bikes can use it. He declined to answer questions about illegal bikes potentially using his proposed route or the post’s findings.

Motorized bikes are not permitted in Hudson River Park, which is operated by a state-city entity, nor on any bike lanes on the city’s parkland.

However, according to some avid cyclists, enforcement by the NYPD and city park enforcement patrol officers appears to be non-existent.

Enforcement By The Enforcement Patrol Officers Of The Nypd And City Parks Appears To Be Non-Existent.
Enforcement by the enforcement patrol officers of the NYPD and city parks appears to be non-existent.

“We don’t have the manpower to deal with illegal bikes or speeding,” admitted Joe Puleo, the president of Local 983 of District Council 37, which represents park officials. “Our members are being asked to focus most of their attention this summer on the safety of pools and beaches.”

Tommy Biokos, A Brooklyn-based actor and drummer, angrily said he fears for his life every time he pedals along two waterfront bike paths adjacent to the Belt Parkway: one to Bay Ridge from Bath Beach and the other to Sheepshead Bay Connects to Rockaway in Queens.

“I’m constantly turning my head because these mopeds, these dirt bikes go so fast that you have very little time to react,” he said.

Man On A Motorized Bike At 32 Mph On A Path For Bikes And Pedestrians In Hudson River Park.
Man on a motorized bike at 32 mph on a path for bikes and pedestrians in Hudson River Park.
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The 57-year-old also said that he has seen motorcycles ride historically this year Ocean Parkway Bike Lane, A heavily used path connecting Prospect Park to Coney Island, shared by pedestrians. Instead, motorcyclists should use a bustling road that is adjacent to the bike path.

“Years ago, this would never have happened, but these bikes operate with impunity — and there’s never a cop to be seen,” Beyokos said.

A spokesman for the NYPD said commanding officers conduct traffic enforcement on their premises “based on current circumstances” and that police are trying to reduce illegal bike use through education awareness initiatives.

Campaigning for office last year, Mayor Eric Adams said the city and state needed to crack down on dirt bikes, ATVs and other illegal riding – including using speed cameras and police more effectively to help people to be caught at high speed.

In June, he joined NYPD officers at the Brooklyn Auto Pound, overseeing 92 illegal dirt bikes confiscated by officers under bulldozers. He claimed that at the time the NYPD had already taken 900 bikes and ATVs off city streets in 2022 – an 88% bump from the same period a year earlier.

When asked about the Post’s findings, mayoral spokesman Charles Lutvak cited a $900 million investment The mayor made the announcement in April to tackle traffic deaths and violence, saying the “Adams Administration is fully committed to keeping the yorkers on our streets safe.”

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