Disgruntled Bikers Prepare to File a Class Action Lawsuit Against the NYPD for Its War on Bikers

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: A police vehicle patrols as cyclists ride in Central Park on April 4, 2011 in New York City. Central Park, long a center point to Manhattan`s burgeoning cycling community, has become ground zero of a battle between the New York Police Department (NYPD) and riders as the police have begun issuing tickets to cyclists for both speeding and not stopping at traffic lights. The NYPD has issued 230 tickets to cyclists for over $200 between Jan. 1 and March 15 of this year. The riders are beginning to fight back with a Facebook group and appeals to New York`s Mayor Michael Bloomberg to set traffic lights to "blinking yellow" during off-peak hours. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Photo: Spencer Platt/2011 Getty Images

Have you or a biker you love been unfairly ticketed by the NYPD? If so, the law firms of Oliver and Oliver Law and Rankin & Taylor can help! The firms see a potential for a class action claim against the NYPD for the flurry of "bad tickets" that have descended on cyclists of late. NYPD data shows that the cops have issued 13,843 tickets this year so far, up from 9,345 for the same period in 2010 — and just 3,708 in 2009. A big plus in the plaintiff's column: Not all the offenses they've been ticketing for are actually illegal in New York City. Like, say, failure to use a bike lane or failure to stop if you are entering the road off a curb — both of which were listed as enforceable violations on a leaked NYPD memo. In response to the crackdown, Transportation Nation is crowd-sourcing a map where cyclists have gotten tickets, which could also serve as a handy recruitment map for lawyers trolling for plaintiffs.

Cyclist Class Action Lawsuit Looms As NYPD Ticket Blitz Booms