Meet R. Scott, the Super-Chill SFPD Motorcycle Cop Who Gives Stop Sign Tickets to Cyclists on the Wiggle Every Day

Or at least it seems like every day.

Here he is on Waller in the Lower Haight last week. See? He’ll park his motorcycle and then stand in the street pointing to offending cyclists and counting out, “!, 2, 3, 4, 5…”

And then everybody gets to wait while he processes all the tickets.

Thusly. Now actually, a couple of these folks were just waiting for their friends, prolly because they didn’t fail to yield prolly because you had Officer R. Scott yelling away:

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Here we go:

Yeah, so I know this is the same thing as last year but I’m surprised to see the sustained nature of this recent enforcement action.

Observations:

1. Officer Scott has a “weakness.” Guess what, it’s sports cars! Owns a Porsche 996 he does. Then he explains that it’s a “modern 911,” which it sort of is.

2. Does he have advice for cyclists? Yes. It’s “SLOW DOWN” and it’s “you should be wearing a helmet” and “you should have your lights on.”

3. Does he also have a lecture? Yes. It’s “that call you just heard on my radio is about an assault with a hammer – I’d rather be answering that call.” See? Its like a guilt trip for all the recalcitrant cyclists of SF.

4. When the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition tells people to take the Wiggle route, is it basically telling them to not stop at stop signs? Yep, pretty much.

5. Do most of the people who live near the intersection of Steiner and Waller approve of this enforcement action? Yep.

6. Do many people coming up and down the Wiggle go too fast for conditions? Yes.

7. Do most of the offending cyclists bother to slow down just a little, you know, to make what’s called an Idaho stop (or a California stop or an Oklahoma stop)? No, they just blow right through. How did this culture develop? IDK, fixies?

8. Is there a way to avoid all this rigmarole by using the Unwiggle, the same basic route but using Fillmore and Pierce instead of cop-heavy Steiner and Scott? Yep.

 

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4 Responses to “Meet R. Scott, the Super-Chill SFPD Motorcycle Cop Who Gives Stop Sign Tickets to Cyclists on the Wiggle Every Day”

  1. WIllie Brown says:

    Now if only the SFPD were so diligent in fucking INVESTIGATING accidents when truckers run over bicyclists. It’s so much easier to just ticket cyclists than actually do some useful work.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Oh Really Willie Brown! Nice language…

  3. Justin Simonsen says:

    I wish the SFPD would do this for the automobiles that do this on 1st and Folsom. Every day I have to risk my life crossing the street and there is never anyone handing out tickets for the hundreds of people running the red lights. Someone is going to get killed by the traffic mess and I hope it isn’t me.

  4. Rob Anderson says:

    When criticized cyclists like to change the subject to cars. And you can’t really blame speeding on the Wiggle on the Bicycle Coalition, since it’s City Hall and the MTA that has created it and promoted it as a quick way to get to Market Street.

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