Crackdown proposed for NYC bicyclists

December 27, 2011 3:07:02 PM PST
A New York City councilman is pushing for a crackdown on cyclists to help keep pedestrians safe and lower the number of accidents.

Tuesday afternoon in a half-hour period Eyewitness News saw plenty of cyclists going the wrong way, against traffic.

And others routinely ran a red light.

"I get mad. I am mad when I see someone on a bicycle going the wrong way on a one-way street. I want to know what's the hurry," said Councilman James Vacca, (D) Council Transportation Chair.

Councilman Jimmy Vacca is now pushing for a crackdown on cyclists for the good of pedestrians.

He wants signs that clearly show where pedestrians should go and where bikes go.

But most of his ideas are directed at bike messengers and deliverymen.

The new law would require deliverymen to be licensed, they'd also have to wear reflective vests and the name of the restaurant where they work would have to be clearly marked on their clothes.

"They run a lot of red lights I know that," said Jensen Wheeler Wolf, a West Side resident, "They kind of have their own traffic rules."

In Hell's Kitchen, one woman asked why anyone would not support new rules to make the city safer.

"I do think that's a good idea, it's dangerous for them too. I mean I think biking in the city is a challenge but reflective vests would be great," the resident said.

Yet, some see the proposal as more rules and regulation on a group that doesn't have much of a voice at city hall.

"Not really needed. I mean overall people usually, I guess on a bike you have to be more mindful because you're more prone to injury," said Jarmel Zimmer, a West Side resident.

Sponsors of the law say they had to do something, as the number of bike lanes and bikes, and accidents go up.

"It's good in many respects, but there have to be rules of the road all of obey and rules of the road apply to bicyclists as well as those who use a car," Vacca said.

The new regulations are still being written.

They'll be considered next month and could become law by spring.

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