243. NYPD: Bike Tickets Galore


243. More than a dozen policemen were at 6th Avenue and 33rd Street. They were between JC Penney and Macy's. Most were on bicycles. Sixth Avenue is one‐way north. A traffic light is at 33rd Street. Policemen were pulling over bicyclists by the handful. Jeremy asked a policeman, "What are you writing tickets for?" The policeman said, "The usual violations. Running red lights. Riding against traffic. Riding on the sidewalk. Not having bells. Some bikers think the rules don't apply to them. We're giving them a wake‐up call." Jeremy asked how much a ticket cost. The policeman told him. Jeremy said, "Well, $30 isn't too bad, is it?" The policeman said, "I didn't say $30. I said $130." As the policeman talked, Jeremy watched a biker riding past. He was very tall and was riding very slow. He rode south right past five policemen writing tickets. He disappeared down 6th Avenue. 5.8

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