End rogue cyclists’ free ride: poll

By SALLY GOLDENBERG and JENNIFER FERMINO
Last Updated: 7:44 AM, September 1, 2011

Source: NYPost

PAUL MARTINKA – SPOKES MAN: At least this guy’s doing it right.

Even cyclists think the city needs to rein them in!

A survey of Manhattan residents found that nearly three-quarters believe police do a bad job enforcing traffic rules against rogue cyclists, including many respondents who routinely travel by two wheels.

Seventy-four percent said the city isn’t cracking down on law-flouting cyclists, according to a poll of 1,300 constituents by Councilman Dan Garodnick.

Of the 321 respondents who said they owned and used a bike, half felt cops need to ramp up ticketing on badly behaved bicyclists.

“It’s a strong message to the police that they are not addressing this problem in a way that is satisfactory,” said Garodnick, whose district covers parts of the East Side from 14th to 97th streets, as well as some of the West 50s.

“They need to step it up.”

His office has been flooded with complaints about bikers behaving badly, most commonly by cruising through red lights and pedaling the wrong way down one-way streets.

“I think that there are many bicyclists that either don’t know or don’t care that the traffic rules apply to them,” he said.

The city just installed several bike lanes on First and Second avenues from 34th Street to 59th Street, including one protected cycling path near the United Nations.

The survey also found that 52.5 percent do not want pedestrian plazas like the ones installed in Times Square.

sgoldenberg@nypost.com