Welcome to BRBRbrooklyn! Whether you are pedaling to the shore, the store, your neighbor’s stoop, or back to your own coop, this blog is for you. Bay Ridge Bicycle Routes is an effort raise to awareness within our neighborhood and among civic groups about the activities of bicyclists in Bay Ridge and other nearby communities in southern Brooklyn.

Our neighborhood’s immediate access to the harbor, less congested street traffic, friendly atmosphere, expansive parks and flat terrain (except, of course, for the steep ridge in Bay Ridge!) makes our corner of New York City one of the most fantastic places to ride a bicycle. Whether for transportation, recreation, fun or fitness, cycling is great in Bay Ridge.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Multimodal Transit Ticketing

BRBR shot this photo while driving across Brooklyn last week (full disclosure: yes, we drive cars, too). Pay NYC $115+ of respect if you violate those terra-cotta colored bus lanes.

Of course, bicycle lanes are not so lucrative for NYC as a revenue generating venture. If there are laws on the books that allow ticketing of bicycle lane violations, they don't seem to be enforced too often or regularly. Seeing parked cars, double parked cars or driving in the lane is frequent in NYC. By contrast, the bus system is automated and can easily generate tickets and pay for itself quickly to create revenue. Bicycle lane enforcement requires an officer to stop on the street and issue the tickets.

Here's an idea: if the city is following through with the bike share proposals for Manhattan and Brooklyn, why not mount cameras to the rental bikes that can be triggered automatically when a bicycle lane violation is sensed, or manually by the operator when an infraction is seen? Revenue galore for NYC! And an opportunity for cyclist to give back to the city that provides so much.

It's better than the recent NYPD bikelash on ticketing the cyclists themselves:

'Scandal'bars Bike Bust: Cop Cites Gal for Tote-bag 'Hazard' - NYPost

Undercover Cops on Bike Duty - NYVeloCity
(This one is true - one of BRBR's co-workers was stopped by an undercover officer in an unmarked car in downtown Manhattan.)

Cop Nearly Doors Cyclist, Then Chases and Arrests Her - Gothamist

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