A New York cyclist fined $50 because he was riding his bike outside the designated bike lane has filmed himself crashing into obstacles littering the bike lanes to highlight just why he cannot always use them.
Casey Neistat is a cyclist and filmmaker who was pulled over by a New York policeman last month and received a warning and a fine of $50 because he was not cycling in the the designated cycle lane. But Neistat pleaded with the police officer to show leniency as the cycle lane was dangerously blocked.
The unyielding NYPD officer showed no mercy and wrote the errant cyclist a ticket. It was after this warning that the filmmaker decided to show just how dangerously blocked the cycle lanes were at times by deliberately crashing into various obstacles left obstructing the dedicated lanes. Mr Neistat filmed every obstacle and refused to leave the bike lane and anything that blocked his path was deliberately crashed into. A litter bin, flower pots and a police car were among the many hazards the aggrieved cyclist filmed himself crashing into, reports the BBC.
Mr Neistat, who along with his brother Van, produces a TV programme on the Home Box Office network, said the falls did not render him too much damage as he learned how to fall properly from his years a regular skateboarder.
New York has recently expanded its network of bus lanes but cyclists have complained that pedestrians often use the lane to escape from congested walkways and delivery trucks regularly use the lanes as an extra parking space.