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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Bicyclists Hope to Recapture the Magic of the Wiggle Stop In

Posted By on Tue, Aug 11, 2015 at 3:36 PM

click to enlarge The first Wiggle "civil obedience" protest was a viral success - KEVIN MONTGOMERY
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  • The first Wiggle "civil obedience" protest was a viral success

Like the Google bus blockaders before them, San Francisco bicyclists who carried out a successful, attention-grabbing protest a few weeks ago will attempt to recapture the magic with a repeat today. 

The cyclists are angry at an SFPD crackdown on rolling stops at stop signs and other minor infractions. On July 30, hundreds of bikers took to the Wiggle, where they rode single file, stopped at every stop sign, and crossed intersections one at a time. The act of civil obedience — dubbed a "stop in" — instantly created a traffic nightmare. 


Bicyclists who want SF to institute rules like the "Idaho Stop" (wherein bikers are allowed to treat stop signs as yields and red lights as stop signs) plan to confront SFPD Park Station Capt. John Sanford at tonight's monthly community meeting, where he plans to address the controversy over his enforcement priorities. And since they're all heading in that direction anyway, some are planning a group ride and stop in from Duboce Park to the station on Waller Street. 

Alas, only 67 riders are signed up so far on Facebook. It's hard to recapture the magic of the first time.


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Julia Carrie Wong

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Julia Carrie Wong's work has appeared in numerous local and national titles including 48hills, Salon, In These Times, The Nation, and The New Yorker.

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