Here’s What the Current SFPD Crackdown on Market Street Cyclists Looks Like – No Tickets Yet, But the Cops Will Yell at You

For some reason, Market Street has crosswalks in the middle of blocks, complete with traffic lights. So cyclists tend to look around for peds and then blow on through, multiple times a day, you know, for decades no problem.

But these days the SFPD is trying to change things by actually enforcing California Vehicle Code CVC 21453 on bike riders just as if they were car drivers!

But, I wouldn’t call this a sting* or nothing, I mean, it’s just the cops slowing you down to yell at you at bit.

This boring video of three minutes of yesterday’s inbound commute here shows what it’s like – the motorcycle cop had just yelled at the cyclist you can see on the right at the red light:

(The yelling occurred at :40 or so.)

One supposes the next step in this operation will be to have the SFPD actually start handing out citations.

(Actually, cops don’t really like citing cyclists, for various reasons. One supposes that this is an enforcement action specifically directed at bike riders. This kind of thing occurs from time to time of course.)

On It Goes…

*”A typical sting will have a law-enforcement officer or cooperative member of the public play a role as criminal partner or potential victim and go along with a suspect’s actions to gather evidence of the suspect’s wrongdoing.”

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2 Responses to “Here’s What the Current SFPD Crackdown on Market Street Cyclists Looks Like – No Tickets Yet, But the Cops Will Yell at You”

  1. GG says:

    “But these days the SFPD is trying to change things by actually enforcing California Vehicle Code CVC 21453 on bike riders just as if they were car drivers!”

    This is not a “change” — the vehicle code applies to bicyclists too (and always has). Sounds like SFPD is making an effort to better protect pedestrians, which is a good thing.

  2. Camarografo says:

    I just saw a motorcycle cop (why do they ALL sport mustaches?) stop a “I-don’t-have-to-stop-for-no-stinkin’-signs; I’m a lean, mean peddling’ machine” at the corner of Laguna & Grove. Bike dude wouldn’t make eye contact with the ‘stach; he being too cool and busy for niceties.