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Bicycle Scofflaw Crackdown Comes to Upper West Side

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Police on the Upper West Side are not just cracking down on lawbreaking motorists -- now they're going after cyclists too.

The NYPD says 38 tickets were handed out to bicyclists between April 21 and May 18, up from 17 during the same period last year.

Riders were cited for running red lights and going against the traffic.

"We should be able to follow the same rules a motorcycle, as a car, because we're still on wheels. So I do believe in cracking down on that," said one bicyclist.

"I think it's a really dangerous city for bicyclists. I wonder what the numbers are at the emergency room every day. When I'm driving I almost hit one almost all the time because you can't see them," said one city driver.

As part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's "Vision Zero" plan, the city has already made changes to traffic lights and crosswalks at the most dangerous intersections in the neighborhood.

The NYPD also ran a two day crackdown on reckless driving last week, writing more than 4,000 tickets across the five boroughs.

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