WATCH: Activist says cops are targeting cyclists in Hell’s Kitchen

February 08, 2019 - 9:36 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Activists are accusing the NYPD of targeting cyclists in Hell's Kitchen, after one of them was killed by a hit-and-run driver on Monday.

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Chana Widawski is with the group 'Families for Safe Streets.' The organization works with people who have lost loved ones in traffic accidents.

She said she got a call from someone who said police were ticketing cyclists on Thursday at 46th and 9th. She said she went there and witnessed cops shove a black cyclist to the ground.

"There were several other men who were being pulled over at the same time. Cyclists whose bikes were all pulled aside and kind of taken away from them. I saw many officers and many cyclists. What is most disturbing is that they were all cyclists of color," she said.

At least one of the citations was for 'failure to use a bicycle lane.'

The NYPD released a statement saying, "the Midtown North precinct was addressing community and safety concerns in the vicinity of West 46th Street and 9th Avenue. The individual was stopped and advised of his violations and released without summonses."

Widawski said the bike lane on 9th Ave is in 'horrendous condition' and that cyclists are permitted to travel outside of the bike lane if conditions are unsafe.