According to the numbers the police are more concerned with bicyclists than they are with trucks. You know, those giant multi-ton vehicles that can kill you without even knowing they hit anyone.
(for reference, between 1996 and 2005, New York City averaged less than 1 death per year from people hit by bicyclists)
On to the numbers!...
NYPD Issued Almost 50,000 Bicycle Tickets in 2011
By Alex Goldmark | 02/15/2012 – 6:33 pm
The NYPD doled out 48,556 summonses to bike riders in 2011. That figure was reported by Executive Officer of the Transportation Bureau, John Cassidy at a hearing held by the NY City Council Wednesday on NYPD policies for traffic investigations.
About 250,000 people ride a bike each day in New York city, and about 500,000 ride at least several times a month, according to the New York City Department of Transportation.
At the start of last year the New York Police Department cracked down on cyclists breaking traffic laws. Bike community protests erupted, compromise was gingerly reached, and outrage faded. The pace of ticketing, however, did not abate.
By the end of 2011, police handed cyclists 13,743 moving violations — those are for less serious infractions like riding on pedestrian-only paths in parks, or riding on a sidewalk. Most of the summonses last year — about 35,000 — were the more serious criminal court summonses for infractions like running red lights.
By comparison, Cassidy said the NYPD’s specialized truck enforcement units issued about 25,000 tickets to truck drivers.
Lo and behold, our elected officials might actually start holding the NYPD accountable for its clear negligence of pedestrian and bicyclist deaths. What a novel concept!
Lest you think the NYPD has concern when pedestrians or bicyclists are killed by cars, here's a fun (tragic) number: as of mid-December 2011, 146 people were killed in 2011, 20 drivers were charged (note that does not mean convicted).