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Could cameras make urban bike lanes safer?

Popular Science – A bill in New York state is betting on it. If passed, it would be the first of its kind in the nation: “Bike-lane-blocking drivers, beware—the New York legislature is considering a bill introduced in late May that calls for installing cameras alongside these protected paths in New York City. The tech would be used to monitor cars that illegally park or drive in bike lanes, and the city’s transportation department would then use that footage to fine those drivers $50 by mail. The goal is to make these lanes, which run for more than 1,000 miles across the five boroughs, safer for bikers.  New York State Assembly member Zohran Kwame Mamdani posted a lengthy Twitter thread in June to explain why he introduced the bill to the Assembly, writing: “Every day across NYC, cyclists like myself go head to head with cars in bike lanes—an incredibly scary and dangerous experience.” In one of the tweets, he included a video of a cyclist being confronted by a driver trying to use the lane, who then spat on the cyclist when she refused to yield to the car…”

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