City Deploys Agents to Police Bike Lanes Ahead of Bike Share Launch

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DOT employees train as street safety managers along First Avenue in the East Village on Friday.

Ahead of next month's launch of a new bike share program, the city’s Department of Transportation is deploying so-called "street safety managers" to restore order back to bike lanes and make sure cyclists — and pedestrians — are obeying traffic signals.

Teams of four street safety managers will be sent to key locations in Manhattan during peak morning and evening rush hours on weekdays through October. But not everyone is convinced a refresher will work.

“This city is a city of jaywalkers and bikers,” said East Village resident Richard Sloate, whose wife was hit by a cyclist.

The bike share program will introduce 6,000 bikes to the city's streets and bike paths. Training exercises were held in the East Village this week.