It's the mark of a crappy day when you receive a moving violation before sipping your first cup of coffee. Cyclists along the Market-Van Ness corridor have thus been marked.
A phalanx of motorcycle cops this morning greeted bicycle riders with reminders about the difference between red lights and green lights and hefty citations ($123 -- ouch!). Police spokesman Officer Carlos Manfredi notes this is for the cyclists' own good, as there has, purportedly, been a marked increase in accidents throughout the city due to light-running cyclists. The San Francisco Police Department was unable to immediately provide this data.
Manfredi described today's action as "a bicycle enforcement." Your humble narrator witnessed five officers methodically writing up citations for at least that many cyclists. "What's the problem?" we asked one bike rider awaiting his punishment. "I ran through a walk signal," he replied. "No, it was a red light," the cop interjected. "A red light. It was a red light," the cyclist admitted.