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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

SFPD Backs Off Bicyclist Crackdown

Posted By on Wed, Aug 12, 2015 at 11:06 AM

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SFPD Park Station Capt. John Sanford is ending his controversial crackdown on minor traffic infractions by bicyclists, the San Francisco Examiner reports

Sanford's decision to start strictly enforcing laws requiring bicyclists to perform a full stop (feet on the ground) at stop signs netted 204 citations in the Park district over just two days in August, the majority of them to bicyclists. It also prompted condemnation from bicyclists and a gridlock-forming protest by bikers demonstrating what would happen to traffic if they actually followed the laws

Park Station's monthly community meeting, held last evening, attracted scores of angry bicyclists pointing out that cars, not bikers, cause the majority of traffic fatalities, and that data, not complaints, should direct enforcement priorities. 

Those are fairly unimpeachable arguments, and Sanford didn't attempt to argue, telling the Examiner: "It’s finished for now. We can revisit it at any time, but we’re going to go back to trying to collaborate.”

He doesn't have to argue. He already made his point: SFPD can make bicyclists' lives hell whenever they want.
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Julia Carrie Wong

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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