In a highly unusual move, bicyclists who were issued speeding tickets while riding in Central Park were given formal apologies by the NYPD. Using a speed gun, the NYPD recently issued a speeding ticket to 10 different cyclists. These cyclists were using the park while it was closed to vehicular traffic. The speed limit in the park is 25 mph for cars but park regulations limit bicycle riders to 15 mph.
All but 1 of the tickets were improperly returnable at the Manhattan Traffic Violations Bureau and, thus, defective. Violations of Park rules are properly returnable at the Manhattan Criminal Court located at 346 Broadway. In addition to dismissals, the New York Times reports that police officers from the Community Affairs Bureau went to the homes of many of the cyclists to personally apologize.