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Cops cuff driver for hitting cyclist who claimed she swerved into traffic to avoid police van parked in Downtown bike lane

Their fault?: A driver on Wednesday hit a cyclist on Jay Street Downtown, after she pedaled out of the road’s bike lane and into traffic because 88th Precinct Officers Bravo, far left, and Barrow, left, parked their police van in the pedaler’s path, according to the victim.
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Police on Wednesday arrested a driver for hitting a cyclist on Jay Street Downtown, after she swerved out of the road’s bike lane because cops parked a police van in it, according to the victim.

Authorities cuffed Fnu Naeem-Ullah after he struck the bicyclist who blamed the cops for the collision, charging the motorist for leaving the scene of an accident with an injury, according to Police Department spokeswoman Det. Sophia Mason, who said officials caught up with the suspect as he tried to drive away.

Mason denied her colleagues caused the crash, claiming their ride was not parked where the incident occurred — but did not deny they parked their van in the bike lane.

“The collision involving the motorist and bicyclist occurred three car lengths behind where the officers were located. They had to walk back to where the accident happened,” Mason said. “The police vehicle had no involvement in the collision.”

Naeem-Ullah struck the woman on Jay Street near Willoughby Street around 11:45 am, after she rode out of the bike lane and into traffic to avoid the van that she claimed 88th Precinct Officers Barrow and Bravo parked in the pedaler’s path.

“They were parked in the bike lane,” the cyclist, who declined to be named, told this reporter after she arrived at the scene steps from the Brooklyn Paper’s MetroTech Center headquarters.

When this newspaper asked Bravo if the cops blocked the bike lane with their four-wheeler — which was parked on the street outside the lane by the time this reporter arrived — he turned off his radio and replied, “no comment.”

And Naeem-Ullah claimed he did nothing wrong before cops cuffed him, blaming the collision on the cyclist since she was riding in traffic.

“She hit my car,” he told this reporter at the scene. “She hit me.”

Following the crash, Park Slope resident and cyclist Ian Dutton claimed on Twitter that, an hour after the collision, he pedaled into Barrow and Bravo at the intersection of Jay and Willoughby streets around 12:45 pm.

By then, the officers re-parked their van in such a way that it straddled the Jay Street bike lane and a painted buffer zone protecting it from traffic, according to Dutton, who said he asked the cops — whom he claimed were standing in the bike lane next to their ride — to move out of the way so he could keep pedaling.

But Bravo instead demanded Dutton “go around him,” and then shoved the cyclist as he walked his two-wheeler past the officers after dismounting it, the local claimed.

“He lunges forward and shoves me with both hands in my shoulder,” Dutton said. “It wasn’t so hard that I fell over, but it definitely knocked me off my path.”

Dutton said he did not file a report about the incident, and Police Department reps did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The city painted the Jay Street bike lane in 2016, but some bicyclists claimed rogue drivers continued to park in it following its installation. And last year, some sneaks repeatedly moved massive planters officials put outside the bike lane to separate it from traffic into the lane, blocking the two-wheelers’ route.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Posted 12:00 am, December 6, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

VZ from ZV says:
Next time, open your eyes and look before you swerve into traffic.
Dec. 5, 2:02 pm
Jake from NY says:
VZ, she should not have had to if the idiot cops would stay out of bike lanes. Oh and bus lanes as well.
Dec. 5, 2:34 pm
Old time Brooklyn from Slope says:
Jake you are challenged
Dec. 5, 3:14 pm
Ken from Brooklyn says:
Jake from NY... watch your mouth you should be ashamed of your self, cops are here to protect you and your family, btw most of the bikers are stupid people with out a job!!!
Dec. 5, 4:22 pm
Luis from Crown Heights says:
Hey Ken, cyclists are actually commuting to work. What are YOU doing all day? Looking for parking? Please share with us the study that proves your claim of unemployment. If you can't come up with it, give away your car. Also, cops have never protected cyclists. They protect grumpy white people like you, buddy.
Dec. 5, 5:17 pm
Frank from Furter says:
The much beloved late commander of the 88th precinct was known to make sure the bike lane on Bergen street right by the precinct house was clear. Since he was transferred and died it's been blocked many times.police and bikers have not had the best relationship. But they nor any one else should be parking in bike lanes but bikers need to be reminded that even when they are right they are the most vulnerable between a car and themselves.
Dec. 5, 7:33 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Cops, part of the problem... not part of the solution.
Dec. 5, 8:50 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
The driver is at fault for not keeping their vehicle under control. Motorists should always be prepared to stop, especially in NYC.
Dec. 5, 9:28 pm
VZ from ZV says:
I gotta admire the ferocity that the spandex nazis defend the bike lands like it’s the holy land. Last week, I saw a guy taking a dump right in the middle of a busy street and the cars just slowly swerved around him. If he did his business in a bike lane, streetbloggers would be screaming about it being a terrorist attack. Get over it folks, you live in a massively overcrowded city, and every unused inch will be utilized as needed.
Dec. 5, 10:47 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
^^^this guy gets it^^^
Dec. 6, 7:39 am
the real VZ from ZV says:
My imposter sounds like an 11 year old fantasizing about feces. It’s probably lil henry ford/hillary from prison/barry from kenya, since they’re all the same person. Get a life bruh.
Dec. 6, 9:05 am
Tyler from pps says:
"every unused inch will be utilized as needed" Police blocking the roadway and causing a dangerous situation is not an "unused inch," it's lazy and corrupt. The police are supposed to keep us safe, not actively make the city more dangerous.
Dec. 6, 9:58 am
Bike from NYC says:
If police arrest at least one driver everytime they park their fat asses in a bike lane, I’m ok with that. In fact I’ll encourage it.
Dec. 6, 10:45 am
Mathematician from Brooklyn says:
If the lane is blocked what stops the bike rider from thinking of safety and getting off the bike and walking (not riding) around the obstruction on the sidewalk? Hubris?
Dec. 6, 10:49 am
biker from downtown Brooklyn says:
Pretty much every couple of blocks features someone blocking the bike lane. If you're going to walk around all of these you might as well not be biking. Cops are the worst offenders, but they're not the only ones.
Dec. 6, 11:10 am
Joe from Brooklyn says:
Luis from Crown Heights says: why protected the bikers most of the bikers not follow rules and regulations like passing red flashers of school buses, driving upside direction never respect others etc.
Dec. 6, 11:20 am
Alex from NYd we living in Portland. says:
Holy ——. Now I render why I moved away from NY.Ckrrupt,lazy police, a total lack of consequences for being a dck,and ——s in cars telling cyclists they have to much "hubris". Your transit is shifty, and so are your apartments. But whatever, you'll be underwater soon.
Dec. 6, 12:03 pm
Ben from Greenpoint says:
Alex from NY: as we all say: Good riddance...
Dec. 6, 12:38 pm
noah from Williamsburg says:
ready to move out of here .......
Dec. 6, 1:44 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Point 1. That pig on the left is a complete butterball, have you no shame? Officer Bravo? Bravo for having the shape of a whiskey barrel. What a disgusting slob! All Cops Are Bastards! However, I'm a self proclaimed copsuckker. Point 2. Ken from Brooklyn has to be the absolute dumbest person that posts here. His teachers failed him and he slipped through the cracks of the system. This dolt can barely write a coherent sentence. Who cares what he thinks.
Dec. 6, 5:49 pm
Mathematician from Brooklyn says:
Portland will be hit by a tsunami before New York City is underwater.
Dec. 6, 5:55 pm
Sparkle from Bay Ridge says:
Whenever I see a car blocking the bike land, even a police car, I ride full speed into the car. I even speed up. This will teach them not to block a bike lane. I have ruined a few bikes and several bike helmets. To save money I’m not using a bike helmet anymore. People tell me that the repeated collisions may damage my head, but I don’t believe them:
Dec. 7, 9:51 am
Tyler from pps says:
The police van was blocking the bike path 3 car lengths ahead... Do they not even hear how stupid they sound when they suggest this is a long distance away? Do they expect vehicles to change lanes to avoid an obstruction 3 inches from the object? At least those cops got some exercise walking those 3 car lengths, so some good came out of this.
Dec. 7, 11:13 am
Fenestir from Thank God not Brooklyn says:
Bike lanes are a stupid and dangerous idea in the first place. We already have welfare for the car-less, It's called "public transportation". Stop trying to turn Brooklyn into a third world ********.
Dec. 7, 2:14 pm
ssdd says:
Fenestir from Thank God not Brookly is a dope.
Dec. 7, 5:37 pm
Wilbur D. Horse from Moby Grape says:
Was there some reason why the biker did not LOOK before she "swerved" into traffic, consisting of 2,000 lb cars, and even heavier trucks? What would it have cost? The police van was 3 car lengths, or 50 feet or so, in front of her. Why didn't she see the van? Was she texting? Maybe this cyclist refused to give her name because she knew she was in the wrong.
Dec. 7, 6:27 pm
Vinny from Bensonhurst says:
Why do all the pro bike posters immediately resort to personal attacks? It’s like they all go to the Donald Trump school of debating. Are your arguments so weak that you have nothing else to offer?
Dec. 7, 7:40 pm
Everyone says:
LOL Vinny you frickin spaz! I'm not even siding with the bikers. But bro you're such a friggin' wus getting your panties in a wad over this simple crap. Grow a pair dude.
Today, 7:14 pm

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