NYPD Gave More Sidewalk-Cycling Tickets Than Speeding Tickets Last Year

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Based on statistics released in an annual court report, the NYPD is much more likely to issue a ticket to someone riding a bike on a sidewalk than to someone speeding on a surface street. Streets Blog, which noticed the figures, points out that 51,186 of the 71,305 speeding tickets issued in the city in 2012 came from the highway patrol, while 19,119 came from the NYPD, which patrols surface streets. They issued some 28,000 bicycle-on-sidewalk tickets, though the precise number is hard to glean from the report's bar graph. Since DOT puts speeding as the leading cause of traffic deaths, that's rather unsettling.