More than a third of people riding powered two-wheelers on the Big Apple’s protected bike lanes and greenways are speeding dangerously, according to analysis by The Post.
Although the city last week stepped up its crackdown on dangerous driving by operating speed cameras 24 hours a day, bike lanes remain a serious safety hazard, one that’s inundated with scoffers on e-bikes, mopeds and motorbikes constantly breaking the 25-mph speed limit disregard hour.
For the past week, a team of Post journalists used a radar gun to track speeders along paths crossing the Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queensboro bridges, as well as bike lanes in Midtown and Hudson River Park.
Of the 486 clocked two-wheelers, 167 – or 34% – exceeded the top speed of 40 km/h, including some up to 35 km/h. This includes dirt bikes, ATVs, and others that are prohibited on city streets and bike lanes.
The need for speed was particularly felt on the Williamsburg Bridge, where 44 — or 59% — out of 74 bikes using its path over a one-hour period on Friday went over 25 mph.
The lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge were also full of speeders. Also, for over an hour, 37% and 30% of the bikers, respectively, were caught speeding by the reporter and photographer.
On the Queensboro Bridge, 18% of the 87 motorized bikers went faster than 25 mph — but unlike the other East River crossings, the bike path is shared with pedestrians who were forced to dodge dirt bikes and other rogue rides.
On Thursday afternoon, The Post lined up for an hour near Stuyvesant High School on Chambers Street and stopped 33 — or 43% — of 77 motorized bicycles going over the speed limit on the Hudson River Park bike path.
New Yorkers said they were fed up with bike lane violators.
“This is a huge problem!” barked Peter Epstein, an avid 60-year-old cyclist after pedaling down the scenic bike lane on Manhattan’s West Side. “People walk by” because they “have the green light to cross the path, and these [motor] Bicycles zoom straight towards them; there isn’t even time for anyone to react. It’s just crazy.”
Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine last week proposed converting a portion of the adjacent West Side Highway into a protected two-way bike path for electric bicycles and other legal motorized bicycles to use. He declined to respond to questions about illegal bikes potentially leveraging his proposed path or The Post’s findings.
Motorized bicycles are not permitted in Hudson River Park, which is operated by a state city authority, or on city parkland bike lanes.
However, according to some avid cyclists, there appears to be no enforcement by the NYPD and city parks patrol officers.
“We don’t have the manpower to deal with the illegal bikes or the speeding,” admitted Joe Puleo, president of Ward 983 of District 37, who represents park officials. “Our members are being told to focus most of their attention on protecting pools and beaches this summer.”
Tommy Bayiokos, a Brooklyn-based actor and drummer, was outraged that he fears for his life every time he pedals two waterfront bike paths alongside the Belt Parkway: one connects Bay Ridge to Bath Beach and the other to Sheepshead Bay The Rockaways in Queens.
“I keep turning my head because these mopeds, these dirt bikes, come out of nowhere so fast you hardly have time to react,” he added.
The 57-year-old also said he even noticed motorcycles this year brazenly cruising the historic Ocean Parkway bike path, a heavily traveled path that connects Prospect Park to Coney Island and is shared by pedestrians. Motorbikes should instead use a busy road that runs alongside the bike path.
“Years ago that would never have happened, but these bikes go with impunity – and there’s never a police officer in sight,” Bayiokos said.
An NYPD spokesman said commanders in their districts are conducting traffic stops “based on the conditions at hand” and that police are also trying to eradicate illegal bicycle use through awareness-raising initiatives.
Running for office last year, Mayor Eric Adams said the city and state needed to crack down on dirt bikes, ATVs and other illegal rides — including more effective use of speed cameras and cops to catch people speeding on them drive.
In June, he joined NYPD officers in a Brooklyn auto pound to watch as 92 illegal dirt bikes seized by authorities were pulverized under a bulldozer. He boasted that by 2022, the then-NYPD had already taken 900 of the city’s bikes and ATVs off the streets — an 88% increase from the same period a year earlier.
When asked about the Post’s findings, mayor’s spokesman Charles Lutvak cited a $900 million investment the mayor announced in April aimed at tackling traffic deaths and violence, saying, “The Adams -Government is fully committed to keeping New Yorkers safe on our streets.”
https://nypost.com/2022/08/06/over-1-3-of-motorbikes-in-nyc-bike-lanes-caught-speeding/ More than 1/3 of the motorcycles on bike lanes in New York have been caught speeding