Video: Protesting Bike Lane Tickets with Jackass-Style Civil Disobedience

This guy gets a ticket for not riding in a NYC bike lane. Then, to protest, he crashes his bike full on into anything and everything in a bike lane.


I'm not sure if I'm flattered or unsettled that someone who crashes into things for fun decided to include me (or my voice anyway) in his protest video. But I have to admit I laughed out loud.

Here's an outlandish protest video from Casey Neistat, professional viral video maker (of the Neistat Brothers show on HBO). In it, he films himself getting a ticket for not riding in the bike lane in New York City—an NYPD practice I brought to light on Transportation Nation, and GOOD a few months back.

To demonstrate why a cyclist in NYC might need to ride outside the bike lane, Neistat proceeds to crash into anything and everything that blocks a bike lane from construction barricades to trucks to... Well, just watch till the end. Johnny Knoxville would be proud.

In the middle of the cringe-inducing bedlam, the video cuts to a radio segment from WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show in which I was the guest discussing Transportation Nation's bike ticketing reporting. Our goal was by no means to endorse breaking the law on a bike (or crashing on a bike), in fact much of that segment was me reminding cyclists of all the laws they have to obey. But Neistat's bizarrely harnessed anger is justified. It is not a violation to ride outside a bike lane in New York City. That misconception comes from a section of state traffic code that does not apply in New York City.

Anyway the video's nuts. Procrastination protest film at its finest. Enjoy!

A version of this article appears on Transportation Nation, a public radio reporting project for which I also work, on Twitter at @transportnation.

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