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Cops to ‘Crusader’: Glue one more bike lock and you’ll wear chains

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Cops spoke out against the infamous Bike Crusader this week, vowing to lock up the renegade if he injects any more bike locks with Krazy Glue.

It’s the 94th Precinct’s first response since the Bike Crusader — a longtime neighborhood resident who’s so miffed about bikes cluttering the sidewalk that he’s taken to vigilante injustice — took the news by storm last week.

“If we catch this person, he’ll be locked up for criminal mischief,” said Deputy Inspector Dennis Fulton from the 94th Precinct, which covers the bike-choked strip of Bedford Avenue that the Crusader is targeting. “I’m willing to talk to this person about it beforehand, though, so we can get this thing settled.”

Since the story broke in these pages last week, the Crusader — whose name has been concealed because we have not witnessed the crime itself — has been unwilling to negotiate with bikers or police, claiming that 10 years of petitioning for a bicycle “depot” on Kent Avenue or in McCarren Park have gone unanswered and forced him “to take the Williamsburg bike crisis into my own hands.”

The Crusader wouldn’t divulge when — or even if — he’ll continue to strike after the maelstrom of attention that the story received over the past week, but he appears to be losing the larger battle. Fulton told us that removing bikes from the streets surrounding Bedford Avenue is a low priority — cops clip bike locks only if the cycles are abandoned or if someone complains about them specifically.

Indeed, most anti-bike initiatives are met with horror in Williamsburg.

“We used to clip [and take] bikes because they weren’t on bike racks — but the majority of people in Williamsburg were outraged,” Fulton said. “Our resources are going to help the community, and most of the community uses and wants these bikes around.”

Fulton’s comments reflect one of the Crusader’s biggest complaints: that bikes — abandoned or otherwise — have been piling up on the streets surrounding Bedford Avenue in the heart of the neighborhood over the past few years. But Fulton also didn’t see any reason to remove them if they aren’t directly blocking a thoroughfare.

Plus, the Crusader’s methods, which may soon include going “up and down Bedford Avenue and injecting every lock” with the quick-dry glue, are illegal.

The renegade’s dastardly deeds prompted a whirlwind of discussion last week, when almost 300 commenters debated the city’s efforts to encourage biking in the neighborhood on The Brooklyn Paper website. Some, like “Jamie” from Greenpoint, argued that bikers “disregard all traffic rules” and should “be more responsible when riding and parking.” Plenty of others, like “Danny” from Williamsburg, offered public threats to the Crusader: “You glue my bike lock and I will glue your eyes shut.”

The New York Post even ran a column about The Brooklyn Paper’s coverage and the debate that’s taking over the borough.

At the end of the day, most of the bikers just want Williamsburg to be allowed to grow into the cycling hub it has already become. Indeed, the city already widened the sidewalk at N. Seventh Street and Bedford Avenue for the bikes, and put U-shaped bike racks on almost every block on the Bedford strip.

“If there’s any neighborhood where they should be widening bike lots on every block, it’s Williamsbu­rg,” said Noah Budnick, deputy director of Transportation Alternatives. “It’s sad that bike riders and pedestrians are fighting over the scraps — the vast majority of us are getting around by foot, bike and transit, but we’re fighting car owners over inches of sidewalk.”

Budnick even liked the Crusader’s idea of a bike depot, where bikers would lock their controversial wheels in a secure lot that charges $1 a day. But he also agreed that the Crusader’s behavior is “unacceptab­le.”

Updated 5:19 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

boof from brooklyn says:
WHat? If this guy was gluing car locks would the cops offer to talk it over with him?
Aug. 18, 2010, 9:28 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
those tools at Channel 2 news (WCBS) are encouraging the "bike lock gluer" with their sensational anti-bike crusade.
Aug. 18, 2010, 9:58 am
Ben from Greenpoint says:
It’s about time to teach the bikers a lesson how to respect people, must of bikers are not following rules and regulations driving on side walk, ignoring red flashers of school buses, driving wrong direction, etc. glue is only temporary solution, cop should enforce the rules and handling out more tickets
Maybe the bikers will slow down and share the road with respect like use to be for many years…
Aug. 18, 2010, 10:38 am
anon from brooklyn says:
Most of the bikers I encounter are completely out of control. Bloomberg has been campaigning for bike use in the city but he needs to start campaigning for bike use and safety. The reason there are so many ghost bikes out there is because people do not follow the rules! I grew up riding bikes and the first thing my father taught me was the rules of the road. These transplants need to realize they are biking in nyc, not the suburbs anymore and they need to be cautious of others. People on their own two feet are oblivious as it is, those same people barreling towards you on a bike is even more frightening. Gluing locks shut is not a solution to this problem.. but it is a growing problem that needs to be fixed
Aug. 18, 2010, 10:56 am
Dan from Prospect Heights says:
This guy is a criminal and an idiot. Andy Campbell's decision to exchange his anonymity for the rights to tell his story is an ethically bankrupt decision. There is no logic to this criminal's "crusade". No Ben, it is not even a "temporary solution," because it is not addressing any problem. Too many bikes locked up is not solved by permanently affixing them there. It is solved by more bike racks, bike lots etc. This man is not an activist, he is only an ——.
Aug. 18, 2010, 10:57 am
Dan from Prospect Heights says:
That last word is a-hole
Aug. 18, 2010, 10:57 am
Paul from Windsor Terrace says:
There's alot of —— cyclists out there. There's alot of —— subway riders too. What's your point?
Aug. 18, 2010, 11:03 am
anon says:
the subway riders are not speeding towards you at 40 mph, generally..
Aug. 18, 2010, 11:16 am
Peter from Prospect Heights says:
I have never seen a bicycle rider doing 40 mph, except on TV in the Tour de France... The typical rider does more like 10 mph on city street. I don't consider that a danger to public safety.

On the other hand, I see drivers speeding and blowing through red lights at 40 mph on a daily basis in Brooklyn, and that scares me.
Aug. 18, 2010, 12:32 pm
Bd from PPW says:
bicyclists have a bad rap with plenty of pedestrians here. They excuse they're behavior by pointing at bad car drivers. They're just not getting it. Many pedestrians hate car dirvers, and now they're hating bicyclists too. The blase comments by the bicyclists here show why.
Aug. 18, 2010, 2:50 pm
BushwickPersonYay! from Bushwick says:
There are bad motorists. There are bad cyclists.

The difference is-

These city streets are generally designed, made, and used by automobiles. Is it right?--- [insert opinion here]

As a driver I see all types of stupid people, on the road and off it. But seeing someone on two wheels barreling down (whether it be 10mph or 2) towards traffic- and blowing red lights is so offsetting that i hardly ever let anyone on two wheels pass me by. I'll physically block them from cutting me off- in an attempt to prevent their reckless driving.

You want to kill yourself? Fine.

Just don't make other people on the road responsible.

Because in all fairness- whenever someone on a bike (cycle or peddle) gets clipped- its almost always the person in the car- who should have watched out.

Again,

There's stupid people in all means of travel- but some are clearly more vulnerable than others. So it's important to recognize that, on all counts, and travel safely.

I'd rather be 5 minutes late, but alive.
Aug. 18, 2010, 3:29 pm
Josh from Brooklyn says:
Andy, this guy is a criminal and you are protecting him behind some half-a##ed ethically-challenged defense. That makes you an accessory and I hope the authorities figure out a way to charge you as such.

The rest of the issues? Irrelevant.
Aug. 18, 2010, 6:30 pm
Boris from Bay Ridge says:
Bikes will win. Cars will lose. Admit it, people. The hysteria surrounding bikes is good, in a sense - we are really stepping on the drivers' toes, and they are scared. Let's keep up the pressure!
Aug. 18, 2010, 11:29 pm
Rob from Greenpoint says:
It's just pure vandalism, and the person doing it is a
social malcontent.
Aug. 19, 2010, 8:36 am
chris from williamsburg says:
too bad this guy gets up at 4am id love to help him.these bikers think they can park anywhere they want.you ask them politely not to park on your property and they tell you to go f*** yourself,their rude self centered brats with no regard for people or property.tell this guy dont worry about the cops they dont crap in this neighbrhood anyway!
Aug. 19, 2010, 10:03 am
Santiago from Kenilworth says:
Can’t we just get along?
Come on people, i think it’s time we start respecting each other. I lived in Amsterdam and their solution to everything is equal rights. Cars need to respect bikers and bikers need to respect pedestrian. Transportation Alternative needs to step up and show bikers that you can’t get respect if you don’t know how to give it.
Aug. 20, 2010, 3:02 pm
NP from Westchester says:
Boris, bikes will win? Sorry, not happening. Saying that you are stepping on drivers' toes is like saying you are a bed bug and you annoy hence you are going to win. Live and let others live, otherwise a bug gets crushed.

I am driving to and from work every day on a forest road. It's a forest on one side and a metal fence on the other. There is no roadside! Some idiot put a sign that the road is shared [with bikers]. Now every day in rush hours there are solo or group bikers riding along. By along I mean, on the lane. It's a windy road. The speed limit is 60. Are you getting my drift? In the last couple of months I saw a school bus doing emergency brake because a biker emerged in front of it when it was coming out of a turn, I saw suvs zipping over oncoming lane at 70 to avoid a collision with a biker, etc. I had a couple of moments when I thought either an incoming car will hit me or the guy behind me will drive into me when I have to urgently brake. I may lose my life because of nuts bikers! Just a few days ago I was driving to work and there was a freaking couple of bikers riding along each other. Not in line, along! In the middle of my lane! What a bunch of heros. If I'll not drive over an oncoming lane to avoid hitting them when I am coming on 50, I am going to jail or will pay some alimony till the rest of my life. I have a family to come home to. Honestly, I started hating bikers. Someone has to draw the line and start enforcing not only parking, but driving rules in a sensible way.
Aug. 20, 2010, 7:50 pm
Frank from Greenpoint says:
I rode bikes for years back in the 60s and 70s long before it was hip and I've got lots of scars to prove it.

To Peter - we're not talking about the "typical" bike rider and I'd like to see you volunteer to get hit by a bike going 10 miles and hour with a 160 lb guy on it. Let me know because I want to be there and watch.

What we aren't talking about is your problem with cars. It's unfortunate, but it isn't what we're talking about. What we are complaining about riders running red lights, not having a front white/rear red light, riding on sidewalks, the wrong way etc. An hour ago at 1 am I went to get a gallon of milk at the corner store and was crossing legally in a crosswalk and a bike nearly hit me slamming on his brakes to miss me. He had no intention of stopping at the stop sign. No light and yelled at me for not watching where I was going. I was legal, in a crosswalk and he had no light so even though I looked didn't see him - how was I supposed to?

I'm also complaining about the arrogant cyclists who push and force their way through pedestrians. They're nothing but bullies and if someone complains they're already 20 feet away screaming insults.

I'm pushing 60 and worry about getting hit - because I walk 3 or 4 miles every day around Greenpoint and Williamsburg I see this kind of stuff every single day. You need to be really careful walking around here and it really has become a quality of life issue. It's really unsettling to have bikes "safely" coming a foot or two from you while you're legally crossing the street. I'd rather we bring back the squeegee men.

Bring up any complaint with a bike rider and all they do is complain about cars/pedestrians. Well I'm really sorry about that but they still need to own up to not obeying the law. So many bikers are always saying what they're doing is so wonderful. What about the inconvenience of pedestrians?

The really sad thing is that it is the City of New York & NYPD's fault for refusing to even mildly enforce the law. I've pointed out bikes riding down sidewalks and going the wrong way down Driggs to the the police in who are right there (90th & 94th pct) and they just shrug.

Is it going to take a child getting killed to get the city/police to do something? On August 7th a 70 plus year old woman was hit in Central Park cracking 2 ribs/vertebre - the cyclist took off. So an elderly person wasn't enough...

So biking is supposed to be good for everyone. But the bikers are ticked off at cars and riding around with displaced anger and taking it out on all pedestrians and all cars. Pedestrians are mad at all bikers. So is this really a healthy alternative? What will happen if biking doubles without enforcing some biking rules?

While I don't agree with injecting bike locks with glue, it has gotten people talking and that is good. The city should take notice - someone got mad as hell and isn't going to take it anymore. Maybe more people will get mad. People who have issues with bikes should get verbal and voice their complaints with the riders of bikes that nearly hit them. Call 311 and complain about bikes littering the streets especially the frames that sit for years and ones that block crosswalks. When nothing happens call again. The city does watch the numbers of calls it gets.
Aug. 22, 2010, 2:07 am
Roland from Bath Beach says:
I have been bicycling around the boroughs for about 8 years now, commuting by bike daily. Now my wife has a car to commute to work so I've been in the passenger seat a lot of late.
Here is my conclusion: NY is full of impatient, entitled, speeding , rubbernecking, texting while driving/pedaling, red light running, unsympathetic jerks.
And for every one of them there is a nice, considerate, helmet wearing, light having, signal giving, speed limit abiding, stoplight stopping, pull over and help a stranger, considerate human. We just tend to notice them less, they attract less attention.
Everyone needs to realize the problem is not with drivers or pedalers. It's with mean spirited morons. Like the crusader. What they're doing is accomplishing nothing but property damage, and turning more respectful bikers into ones who act like said morons.
I hate that in williamsburg and greenpoint you cant find a spot to lock your bike up in a 10 block radius of a subway stop, but i'm not carrying a bolt cutter around with me.
Throw the book at this idiot.
Aug. 23, 2010, 8:10 am
Roland from Bath Beach says:
Andy Campbell, I can't believe your giving this idiot a voice. You stink.
Aug. 23, 2010, 8:25 am
meg from BS says:
all i know is this: if you are a biker and you blow a red light or go down a sidewalk and you hit me, you better hope to god i can't get up cause if I can I ewill beat the %&%# out of you. And if you hit my dog, i just may kill you.
Aug. 23, 2010, 3:22 pm
GOD from Styv says:
Its faster to slash a bike tire than to uncap a tube of Krazy glue! It's a lot more fun to pepper spray a seat and watch them when their genitals start burning!
Aug. 26, 2010, 2:21 pm
GOD from Styv says:
I can't wait til my pepper spray comes in the mail. Cyclists will be jumping off their stupid bikes and grabbing at their genitals. No amount of grabbing will wash away the fire that a good can of pepper spray can ignite. Pussies and dicks all over Brooklyn will be urinating themselves just to stop the burning. Pepper spray on those handlebars and locks will make it much more exciting when you go to touch your face! Now that's entertainment. ——s and cocks o' fire! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!

Krazy Crusader is a lightweight compared to me.
Aug. 26, 2010, 2:30 pm
Dopey Roland from Bath Beach says:
Really think bikes will win? Ha, As soon as shroomberg is out of office Miss. Sadik-Kahn will be the next to loose her job! Then she can go right back to working for the company that supplies NY with all the speed bump and bike lane materials! The bike lanes and the speed bumps will be the next ones to go! Then the silly hipsters who cant put their bikes inside their apartments because their crowded with too many roommates will be the next to go! They can't afford cars and thats why they're so jealous of those who can!!
Jan. 26, 2011, 10:29 pm

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