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Delinquent Manhattan Cyclists Sentenced to Humiliating Remedial Biking Class

A cyclist pedals along a dedicated bike lane in central Berlin on May 18, 2011. Bicycles are a much used way of travel around the mainly flat German capital and has a good network of dedicated bike lanes around the city. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Dangerously close to remedial class. Photo: AFP/2011 AFP

This whole thing is nuts,” Steve Galiczynski told the Times of the 90-minute remedial biking class, his attendance a penalty levied by the Midtown Community Court. “It’s like I’m in a Russian novel — a crazy Russian novel.” Galiczynski’s part in the so-called crazy novel resulted from what he termed a “literally three second” ride on a sidewalk. He and seven others suffered the indignity of the remedial class covering bicycle law and more at a sports store in the Upper West Side.

The court has sentenced 30 or so bicyclists to take class so far mostly for riding on a sidewalk or failing to use a bike lane, and some were also required to perform community service for a day. The court implemented the new class in an effort to bolster awareness of bike safety in advance of the city’s launch of the bike-share program. Bikers will be wise to stay in their lanes or find themselves somewhere between reality and a scene from The Master and Margarita.

Delinquent Manhattan Cyclists Sent to Class