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Old 07-10-12, 08:42 AM
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Ticketing Cyclists in Fairfax

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Old 07-10-12, 10:51 AM
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While the police spokesman expressed a zero-tolerance policy for cyclists who roll through stop signs, there was no mention of such a policy for scofflaw motorists. Maybe they just don't have that kind of manpower.
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Originally Posted by B. Carfree View Post
While the police spokesman expressed a zero-tolerance policy for cyclists who roll through stop signs, there was no mention of such a policy for scofflaw motorists. Maybe they just don't have that kind of manpower.
As a bicycle commuter in Santa Cruz I have a new "game" I play with myself as I ride to work and back. I look at every motor vehicle around me to see how many traffic laws I can see broken at any given time. The end result of my very biased and unofficial poll is that virtually every motor vehicle I see on the road at any given time is doing something illegal; speeding, driving distracted, poor lane discipline, rolling stop signs, running red lights (a Santa Cruz Muni bus ran a stop light in front of me this morning). I came up with this game out of curiosity and because of a rash of letters to the editor and "street smarts" column in our local newspaper about cyclists being such scofflaws and how we should be ticketed more. Yes, I live in a university town. Yes, there are a great many college age kids on bicycles that ride really poorly in traffic, but just imagine if they were driving cars instead?!

As far as rolling through stop signs, nearly every single motor vehicle I see does not come to a complete stop (wheels stop turning) at multi-way stop sign intersections when other vehicles are not present.

Don't get me started about traffic cops. On my commute I descend 800 feet and some of it on a major well traveled road with a bike lane and a well known speed trap. I have been nearly taken out by motorcycle officers pulling cars over in my path on several occasions while traveling the speed limit (30) in the bike lane. One of those occasions when I was almost collected by said cop's motorcycle and had to swerve out of the bike lane to avoid his stupidity said cop yelled at me that I "had to stay in the bike lane"! I stopped block down the road, called dispatch on my cell phone, and had a discussion about CA traffic laws and bicycles with the officer's Sergeant.

I police want to crack down in the name of cyclist safety they should be pulling over cars for bike lane violations and/or passing us too close, something I have never heard of being enforced like it should be.
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