Stay in the Bike Lane

A ticketed bicyclist decides to stay to follow the letter of the law more strictly, with absurd consequences:

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  • Robert B.

    Dood, he did all those falls with no pads on. That is a non-trivial display of stunt acting, right there. The one into the truck was especially cool.

  • The Vicar (via Freethoughtblogs)

    Is there anyone who hasn’t figured out that NYC police are jerks yet? ‘Cause if there is, now’s the time to get up to speed.

    • StevoR

      Bit of a generalisation – there must be some good cops out there, surely!

  • StevoR

    Classic clip. The law is an ass indeed!

    There needs to be some common sense flexibility – and perhaps a push to allow cycling on footpaths and better bike lane design including enforcementiof keeping bikelanes clear!

    Cycling shoudl be encouraged as muchas possible – healthy, environmentally friendly, reduces congestion and saves money, etc .. (Yes I do cycle, why do you ask?)

  • FlipC

    Within the UK the guidelines state that cyclists should “Keep within the lane when practicable.” Rule 63 of the Highway Code.

    I’d be surprised if there’s nothing similar in the USA.

    I’ll add in Rule 240 in which it an offence to stop or park in a cycle lane or cycle track during its hours of operation (loading or unloading is therefore acceptable)

    Although enforcement on that latter around here seems about as strict as in the video.

    • benjdm

      It varies from state to state. The NY state law actually gets overridden by a very similar NY city law. Here’s the NY City law that the police are wrong about:

      Section 4-12

      (p) Bicycles.
      (1) Bicycle riders to use bicycle lanes. Whenever a usable path or lane for bicycles has been provided, bicycle riders shall use such path or lane only except under any of the following situations:
      (i) When preparing for a turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.
      (ii) When reasonably necessary to avoid conditions (including but not limited to, fixed or moving objects, motor vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, pushcarts, animals, surface hazards) that make it unsafe to continue within such bicycle path or lane.