There’s been a heated debate lately about how bicyclists are treated by law enforcement here in San Francisco (spoiler alert: it’s just like drivers of motor vehicles) and I can’t help but wonder who these people think they are.
Last week SFPD Park Station captain John Sanford Jr. said that in addition to his continued effort to hold accountable vehicle drivers, he planned to crack down on bicyclists who insist on not following the rules of the road, as they are required to do by law, and not surprisingly, the bicyclists are pissed off. There’s even an organization called the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, and they’re actively taking measures to put Captain Sanford in his place. Seriously.
Don’t get me wrong, San Francisco drivers typically make me want to kick a basket of puppies, and I love puppies, but I can’t believe these cyclists think they have the right to act all holier-than-thou when taken to task for their blatant misbehavior. They constantly blow through stop signs and red lights, and ride on sidewalks, all with blatant disregard for cars and pedestrians.
Here’s a good example: on more than one occasion I’ve rolled up to a 4-way stop, came to a complete stop, and when it was my turn I’d start to roll only to slam on the brakes because a cyclist came bombing along the cross street not bothering to stop or even slow down. What’s more, they have the actual balls to give me the same exact dirty look, head shake, and single-digit salute a lanesplitter with a chip on his shoulder reserves for the car that nearly cut him off on the freeway.
I’m all about sharing the road, and I’m all about getting cars off the road, but if you’re going to ride a bicycle in San Francisco you’re legally required to follow the same rules of the road as all other vehicles, and don’t you dare get upset when Johnny Law decides it’s time to enforce those laws. Shut up, take the warning/ticket, learn something, and move on.