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March 21 2015 by Shirley M.

Hi Shirley,

While it's definitely frustrating, it's not uncommon for traffic courts to reschedule hearings multiple times, with court dates sometimes postponed as far as two years beyond the date of issuance. 

The silver lining is that with long delays, testimonies gets hazier and judges are more likely to throw citations out. 

Good luck and ride safe.

BikeNYC

The information on this site does not constitute legal or medical advice and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for the professional judgment of a legal or healthcare professional, and should not be relied on for legal or medical advice, nor does it create an attorney-client relationship.

March 17 2015 by George Failure to Yield

Hi George,

We can't advise on whether the DMV has the resources and/or ability to track you down based on faulty identification info.

While some bike laws on the books are arbitrarily enforced and excessively punitive, failure to yield to pedestrians citations exist for a valid reason: to protect the most vulnerable users on the road. So if you are guilty of cutting off a pedestrian, you should pay up. If you are not guilty, you should contest the citation, providing whatever documentation you can. But sticking your head in the sand in hopes the ticket will go away may come to bite you in the backside. 

Good luck and ride safe.

BikeNYC

The information on this site does not constitute legal or medical advice and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for the professional judgment of a legal or healthcare professional, and should not be relied on for legal or medical advice, nor does it create an attorney-client relationship.

March 21 2015 by Christine Red Light Question

Hi Christine,

Beyond the details in the officer's written narrative, and the additional $88 surcharge that motorists must pay, the "disobey steady red" ticket issued to motorists and bicyclists should be identical. 

In your case, it sounds like the judge may have issued a guilty verdict, then reduced the fine by charging you with a lesser violation. But without further details, it's difficult to say for certain whether there was procedural error and whether that error would could constitute a "motion to dismiss for facial insufficiency" (that's legalese for trying to get the ticket tossed).

Either way, contesting a traffic court judge's verdict after the fact is a time consuming task. Unless you feel the decision was seriously unjust and have the time/energy to fight it — more power to you if you do — it might be in your best interest to let it slide.

Good luck and ride safe.

— BikeNYC

The information on this site does not constitute legal or medical advice and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for the professional judgment of a legal or healthcare professional, and should not be relied on for legal or medical advice, nor does it create an attorney-client relationship.

 

February 21 2015 by Andrew bike racks

Hi Andrew,

The best way to get your bike racks back would be to find out who's chaining up their chairs and carts and ask them to stop. If that doesn't work, or you can't find the person who's hijacking the racks, give 311 a call and file a complaint. 

Good luck!

BikeNYC

The information on this site does not constitute legal or medical advice and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for the professional judgment of a legal or healthcare professional, and should not be relied on for legal or medical advice, nor does it create an attorney-client relationship.

February 23 2015 by Stephen Red Light Question

Hi Stephen,

That's frustrating. Your first step should be to give the issuing precinct a call. If you don't know the precinct, you can look that up using the NYPD's Precinct Finder tool and the address or intersection where the citation was issued.

If the precinct route doesn't work, give 311 a call and they may be able to direct you to someone who can help you resolve this.  

Good luck!

BikeNYC

​​The information on this site does not constitute legal or medical advice and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for the professional judgment of a legal or healthcare professional, and should not be relied on for legal or medical advice, nor does it create an attorney-client relationship.

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