|SAME AS S01398-A
|Add §1111-g, V & T L
|Establishes in the city of New York a bicycle lane safety program to enforce certain restrictions on the use of protected bicycle lanes by means of bicycle lane photo devices.
|referred to transportation
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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A10446 SPONSOR: Rules (Mamdani)
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to the estab- lishment in the city of New York of a bicycle lane safety program; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To authorize and empower the city of New York to establish a bike lane safety program that protects cyclists and holds encroaching motorists accountable through bike lane cameras and monetary penalties.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends the vehicle and traffic law to outline owner liability for failure of an operator to comply with bicycle lane restrictions and to authorize the city of New York to establish a bicycle lane safety program. The city shall install bicycle lane photo devices within or in close proximity to no more than fifty protected bicycle lanes and take measures to protect the privacy of those whose identity may be captured by such devices. Bicycle lane restrictions refer to a restriction on the use of such protected lanes by motor vehicles other than bicycles. This section also provides that monetary penalties for violating these restrictions shall not exceed fifty dollars. The imposition and adjudi- cation of liability is also described in this section, along with a requirement that the city of New York submit a report on the results of this program. Section 2 relates to the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: In the wake of unfortunate yet preventable cyclist fatalities in the city of New York, more must be done to enforce bicycle lane restrictions and ensure the safety of cyclists. Installing cameras on protected bike lanes will not only deter motor vehicles from encroaching on those lanes but also hold violators liable for monetary penalties not exceeding fifty dollars. Given that this establishes a pilot program, cameras will be installed at no more than fifty protected lanes, and the city will submit a report on the results of the program. Cyclists should be allowed to ride on their designated lanes without fear of colliding with reckless motorists. With this additional enforcement mechanism in place, cyclists can ride more confidently on the bike lanes created and demar- cated specifically for their use.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.5717-A of 2019-2020 (Hoylman): Died in Transportation A.6674-A of 2019-2020 (DenDekker): Died in Transportation   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Revenues collected through fines and penalties from this program shall go to the general transportation account of the New York city transpor- tation assistance fund.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the nineteenth day after it shall have become a law and shall expire 5 years after such date the provisions of this act shall be deemed repealed. Effective immediately the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date are authorized to be made and completed on or before such date.