At a forum on Thursday hosted by WNYC and Gothamist’s “We the Commuters” project, NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan announced that the department would no longer write summonses to cyclists in the wake of a driver killing a cyclist — a practice that has long been decried by the victims, especially in a year when 15 cyclists have been killed by drivers so far.
(The entire show is worth watching, but it’s not embeddable, so click this link. The segment with Monahan, lawyer Adam White and Oonee CEO Shabazz Stuart, hosted by Gothamist reporter Christopher Robbins, starts at 25:18.)
The new policy statement came after White asked about the 72-hour post-crash crackdowns against cyclists, which should really be “a ticket blitz against drivers,” or, as Robbins added, “a lobbying blitz on City Hall or the Department of Transportation to say that this road appears unsafe.”
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