Cracking down on wrong way bike riders

November 22, 2010 2:41:37 PM PST
Across midtown police are cracking down all kinds of bike complaints, like delivery bikers going the wrong way on a one-way street.

"My foot's been run over before so I think they're just in a hurry where they're going and they're not paying attention," said Lynda Southerland.

Another complaint has been pedicabs, just too many causing problems for everybody else.

"I live in Hell's Kitchen and I have for 20 years so I think pedicabs just cause more congestion," said George Moerlins.

Since the beginning of the year police have issued more than 800 pedicab tickets.

In the last 30 days alone bikers got 52 summonses for going against traffic and for riding on the sidewalk.

Councilman Daniel Garodnick says the crackdown began in July when he and many of his constituents complained.

"People are extremely frustrated, they're nervous, it's a dangerous situation and that's why it's important that police have stepped it up and have done some strong enforcement out here," said Garodnick.

Part of the problem is the number of pedicab drivers is at an all-time high.

Sean Gavin started his job three weeks ago and calls police enforcement harassment.

"Well they're cracking down big time ya know. So apparently they're getting some complaints you know," said Gavin.