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Report: City Bike Lanes Not Safe

NEW YORK (CBS 2) -- A new study suggests that New York City's new bike lanes are causing too much trouble - and danger, as well.

A report on the bike lanes is to be released Friday by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, the Daily News reports. The study is suggesting that the plan, originally intended to make a safer city, is having the opposite effect.

And as it turns out, bicyclists, pedestrians, motorists and even police may all share a part in the blame.

As New Yorkers apparently are still trying to figure out how to deal with all the new bike lines, people are getting hurt.

During a three day period, Stringer's staff observed 1,700 safety violations – with only two summonses given out, according to the report.

Even 19 cops, according to Stringer's staff, blocked bike lanes. And in the lanes, his staff saw 242 bikes going the wrong way and 741 pedestrians standing in the way.

The only way to properly deal with the problem, Stringer says, is more public awareness of the lanes – and more signs in the streets.

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