Casey Neistat, the East Village-based film maker who taught us about Chatroulette and that red subway emergency brake is at it again, this time making a video about his experience getting a $50 ticket for not riding in the bike lane.
Yes, a ticket for riding his bike in the street.
But Neistat didn't set out to make a video protesting getting the ticket.
"My number one motivation to make this movie was to be funny," Neistat told The Huffington Post. "I’m not trying to rise up against the man. I'm just trying to make a funny movie."
There is some ambiguity about what exactly is legal when riding a bike. In a summary of New York City's bicycle laws, rules and regulations, the New York City Department of Transportation says that "Bicycle riders must use bike path/lane, if provided, except for access, safety, turns, etc." But it also says that there is "No parking, standing or stopping vehicles within or otherwise obstructing bike lanes."
Regardless whether or not the police officer was justified in giving Neistat his ticket, he certainly accomplished his goal of making a hilarious video about the perils of New York City's bike lanes.
The The author of this post previously worked for a company that employed Casey Neistat on a freelance basis so the two have met before.