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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Cops Prey on Market Street Cyclists

Posted By on Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 9:59 AM

click to enlarge Cyclists beware!
  • Cyclists beware!

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.

Bicycle enforcements along Market are not uncommon; last month fixie-riders without handbrakes and other two-wheeled miscreants were cited at Fifth and Market.

While light-running is the ostensible cause of today's action, lesser activities will get you in trouble as well. One rider told SF Weekly he'd been popped for wearing ear buds in both ears. 

Manfredi said this is an "ongoing campaign" that will target "hot zones" throughout the city this month.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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