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Friday, June 12, 2015

Park District Police Promise a Crackdown on Bicyclists

Posted By on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 11:22 AM

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Police in the city’s Park District — which includes Cole Valley, Haight Street, the Western Addition, Twin Peaks, and parts of Duboce and Castro — have promised a “crackdown” on misbehaving bicyclists. As Hoodline reports, district captain John Sanford told a community meeting this week that officers will begin enforcing traffic laws that some cyclists apparently ignore all too often.

“I’m in an unmarked black police car, and they’re [cyclists] just zipping past,” Sanford said. He added that many bicyclists don’t obey stop signs.

Per Hoodline, officers issued 38 traffic citations to cyclists in the district between January and May. Sanford said that the impending crackdown will begin with an education and awareness phase before shifting to outright citation.

As the Examiner reported in March of last year, the SFPD has redoubled its commitment to transit safety, with plans like Vision Zero and Focus on the Five giving districts wide latitude in issuing citations. The latter plan urges officers to focus on the five leading causes of collisions: “running a red light, failure to halt at a stop sign, violating a pedestrian right of way, failure to yield while making a left or U-turn, and speeding.”

Northern Station captain Greg McEachern said, “My goal ultimately is to stop the collisions from occurring. If it helps them either walk or drive or bicycle in a safe manner, then I’ve accomplished what we’re trying to do.”

Chris Cassidy, communications director at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, told SF Weekly in an email statement, “Safety depends on everyone — people biking, walking and driving — following the rules, paying attention and being respectful of each other.”

At least one "person" supports the SFPD's announcement. Bob Gunderson, a blogger well-known for his anti-bicycle crusade (and parodies), tweeted this today:

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