The Cyclists Are Too Damned Fast: Report

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: A cyclist rides 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

The Daily News hit Central Park the other day, and in short time found numerous cyclists whizzing by in excess of the 25-mile-per-hour speed limit. Zooming through a red light is certainly a different story. But with respect to speeding in the park, outgoing Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe does not appear so concerned. “If you find a few people going over the speed limit, it’s not a huge problem,” he said. “The cyclists themselves have to be good citizens. To be going 25, 30 [mph] downhill is not that unusual.” In other words, riders, govern yourselves accordingly.