Since Citi Bike's launch, the number of tickets issued to cyclists has soared, particularly in Brooklyn precincts where the bike share system is widely-used. According to stats obtained by the Daily News and Fox 5, 510 tickets were issued in Brooklyn Citi Bike precincts since the program launched a month ago. During the same time period last year, 282 tickets were issued.

The ticket blitz is less intense in Manhattan, but still marked. In the 12 Manhattan precincts with Citi Bike stations, police issued 484 tickets to cyclists during the past month, a 7% increase from last year. The most common tickets are for running red lights, riding on the sidewalk and riding in the wrong direction. (Ahem.)

The "salmoning" ticket blitz has been particularly intense in the area around the Williamsburg Bridge, which has been a focal point of NYPD enforcement for years. In 2011, we first reported on the blitz when a tipster observed nearly 20 cyclists ticketed in twenty minutes by the entrance to the bridge, with the offending cyclists ordered to stand on line and wait their turn as the cops wrote tickets en masse. According to the witness:

The NYPD is ticketing cyclists in front of my Williamsburg building, right at the base of the bridge's bike path on South 5th Place. It's a one way, and technically cyclists are directed to ride on the sidewalk against traffic if they're heading toward the bridge from points east. Few people actually know this. It's not well marked, and cyclists generally don't veer onto sidewalks spontaneously. Anyway, I thought given the confusing design of the bike path, that this is pretty evil.

And with the launch of Citi Bike, this side street appears to be even more of a goldmine for quota-hungry police. “They’ll stop 10 to 15 of them, make a group, and then give them tickets one by one,” local Nick Jaric tells the Daily News. “They do it a lot.” The NYPD has not said whether the ticket increase is due to enhanced enforcement or an inevitable result of more cyclists on the streets, but it's clear that ticketing bike riders continues to be more of a priority than cracking down on reckless drivers. As one NYPD cyclist hunter explained earlier this month, "You shouldn't even be riding a bike in New York."