Bike riders lament police crackdown on traffic violations

Bicycle riders in The Bronx say lately police have been cracking down on traffic violations they are often forced to commit to save their lives on the borough's dangerous roads.

Although 149th Street is filled with potholes and has no bike lanes, cyclists say police officers have been ticketing them for riding on the sidewalk to stay safe.

Steven Ramos says he received a ticket once after being forced to jump on the sidewalk to avoid oncoming traffic.

Cyclists say if the city took a better care of the roads, they could stay safe without breaking the law.

"Cover up the potholes, make a bike lane and I guess there won't be anymore tickets for us," says Zoilo Pachot.

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