New Bike Share Blamed For $475 in Parking Tickets

NEW YORK (AP) -

A New York University graduate student was hit with $475 in parking fines after workers moved her car to an illegal spot while clearing space for New York City’s new bike-share program.

Patricia Preston left her car in a legal parking place in Manhattan on April 30. But when she went to move it, her car was gone and a Citi Bike rack was in its place. She said there was no sign warning her that the bike rack was coming.

The city charged her $220 for towing and she got three other tickets, two for $95 and one for $65. She got the charges dismissed in traffic court Friday but is angry she had to fight the tickets.