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NY1 For You: Patients Ticketed for Blocking Bike Lane Outside Brooklyn Medical Office

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Police ticket for parking in bike lanes for the safety of riders but what about cars which pull over to drop off? That's on the minds of patients at one Brooklyn medical center who are constantly ticketed when getting dropped off. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following "NY1 For You" report.

It's stressful enough for Evelyn Ortiz having to take tests at Williamsburg Medical Imaging and that's only compounded by the hassle it takes to get in.

"If we stop to disengage in our vehicles we're ticketed," says Ortiz.

The $115 ticket was issued for blocking the bike lane. Last week, Ortiz received a ticket when her son dropped her off and went around to get into the drivers seat.

"I was totally appalled and totally surprised that I would get a ticket for just stopping to get out of the car," says Ortiz.

Ortiz says what seems even more unfair is that there are absolutely no signs indicating that you can't pull into the bike lane.

"When you stop you don't even know you're on top of the bike lane. It's just unfair," notes Ortiz.

The medical center confirmed it's a problem many patients encounter there. According to the city Department of Finance, in the last year some 56,000 tickets were issued for parking in a bike lane.

NY1 contacted the NYPD and a spokesman said the officer who wrote Evelyn's ticket claims she was standing in the bike lane too long. The spokesman went on to say the NYPD is not aware of the complaints from the medical center but are now reaching out to the manager there to look at conditions so they can perhaps come up with a solution for patients.

"NY1 For You" will continue to follow the story.

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