Babylon Village bans reckless biking in order to save drivers from a non-epidemic

Let’s just cut to the chase and call bullshit on this. Babylon Village Trustee’s Tony Davida, Mary Adams and Robyn Silvestri passed a law enabling law enforcement to confiscate bicycles from people they deem riding recklessly. The New York Civil Liberties Union protested the change as violating riders’ due process, and we thank them that.

No word yet on when the Babylon village will confiscate cars from people they deem driving recklessly.

According to preliminary 2018 police data, there were 118 crashes in the Villages, 6 involving a pedestrian and 7 involving a bicycle. Of all crashes, there are only 2 reported instances of pedestrian or bicycle error - more crashes occurred due to driver inexperience.

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CRASH CONTRIBUTING FACTORS - 2018 preliminary numbers

CRASH CONTRIBUTING FACTORS - 2018 preliminary numbers

If Village officials are genuinely concerned about traffic safety, they’d use a data-driven approach instead of listening to cranky residents who cannot understand why any person would want to do “bike tricks in public.”

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Meanwhile in Nassau County, residents are responding to proposed legislation that would save drivers from reckless cyclists + mandatory helmet requirements- all in the name of bike safety.


This is Nassau County.