San Francisco cyclist Amy Weiss followed two cops on bicycles along Haight Street; she noticed they rolled though stop signs without any signs of slowing. They just maintained their same steady pace.
Obviously these cycling police officers think the same as any other cyclist, that coming to a complete, foot down stop every city block when there is no cross traffic, is bullshit. The problem is Amy recently got a $388 ticket for doing exactly the same thing, when she rolled though an empty intersection.
When Amy politely asks the bike cops what the rules are, they pretty much refuse to become engaged in any conversation about the issue.
I hope this video makes its way onto the local news in San Francisco, and the SFPD is made to make an official statement about it. Because either cops on bikes observe the law to the letter, or the rest of the police department should stop ticketing cyclists for this infraction unless someone is endangered or impeded in some way.
When I approach a stop sign and the intersection is clear of other traffic, I stop pedaling and slow down; I look to the left and right turning my head as I do so. I realize this is not entirely necessary as I can see practically 180 degrees by just swiveling my eyes. However, I feel it is important to be “Seen” to look both ways.
What pisses off the motoring public is the cyclist who blows through stop signs at speed, without even appearing to look; even though this may not be the case.
I also notice in the video that the two cops ride side by side chatting. Perfectly legal, but again if this were two citizens who were not police officers, doing the same, it would evoke a lot of road rage and horn blowing from following motorists.
Finally the two officers ride much closer to parked cars than I would. Maybe if a few more bicycle cops get doored it will bring attention to this very real, often deadly hazard.
Footnote: On another subject concerning San Franciso; what ever happened to David Mark Clark, the guy who deliberately ran down four cyclists in his SUV in 2010? The last I heard he was to stand trial for attempted murder and was planning to plead insane. Did he cop a plea deal, or is he still awating trial?