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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Watch These S.F. Cops on Bikes Roll Through a Stop Sign

Posted By on Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 1:26 PM

It's always fun to bust a cop -- even thought there's really nothing you can do about it. But it's also frustrating to see our men (and women) in blue break the laws they are cracking on us.

As noted by the Uptown Almanac, local cyclist Amy Farah Weiss was particularly pissy over this video she caught, which shows two San Francisco cops on bikes rolling through a stop sign in the Haight, rather than coming to a complete stop.

It gets even better when Weiss questions the two cops about their take on the rules of the road.

She explains exactly why seeing this enraged her enough to post it:

At the 25 second mark, this video shows two cyclists on Haight Street demonstrating the "Idaho roll" (aka yielding at a stop sign rather than fully stopping) . . . the catch is that these are SF police officers on bikes. I am fully supportive of the "spirit of the law" approach to bike-riding, and wish that tickets were only given when a cyclist shows disregard for the safety/flow of others. I'm personally interested in this issue since I received a $388 ticket for failing to come to a full and complete stop at an EMPTY intersection on the Wiggle (In my case I applied my brakes and wasn't pedaling, but the officer wasn't moved by my "spirit of the law" defense).

We've heard of the Idaho roll, but that's not legal in San Francisco. We called Officer Albie Esparza, who tells us that cyclists are beholden to the exact same laws as cars. "By law they are no different than motor vehicles -- they must follow all the rules of the traffic code," Esparza tells us.

Well, you know what they say: Everyone breaks the law, but someone has to enforce it.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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