As here, on Oak just past Masonic.
Stopped in the fast lane during the evening drive – not where you want to be:
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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.”
This is the scene these days on inbound Market just after 6th Street in the corrupt Twitterloin.
The cops see you driving down Market, contrary to the relatively recent right turn only policy, and then you get directed to pull over so you can get cited with extreme prejudice.
Motorcycle dude was just hanging out in the middle of Market, just waiting for another offender:
First up, Know Your SFPD Command Posts:
San Francisco Police Mobile Command One is huge, as you can see…
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…as is Mobile Command Two:
As for Mobile Command Three, well, not so much:
But here it is, stationed on Sixth Street , as it’s been, ’cause there’s a new sheriff in town, or something – there’s a police crackdown going on Sixth Street, the southern extension of the world-famous crime-ridden Tenderloin.
Now, let’s hear from local resident Bluoz to see what’s been going on the past couple weeks:
“It’s the 2nd week now It’s not there all the time, and now it’s mobile unit 3, but all accounts say it’s made 6th street much more civil lately, even if it is just for show.”
For how long, who knows?
Now do I think that this SFPD officer was told to drive around in his truck all day and hand out tickets to cyclists? Nope, not really.
H0wever, it seems that, for whatever reason, as far as cyclists should be concerned, there’s a new Sheriff in town, so to speak, you know, for 2011.
Can I prove this with satistics* and whatnot a month or a quarter or a year or two down the road?
We’ll just have to wait and see.
Irregardless, with great power comes great responsibility, or something:
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*It’s just like with Pruis drivers at night – do I notice them because I want to, because I’m biased, because I only see what confirms my suspicions? Don’t know for sure, I s’pose. But the fact remains that most of the drivers going about the Streets of San Francisco at night without headlights on are Prius owners. This has to do with a lot of factors, and Toyota is somewhat to blame, apparently, but anyway, the point is I can’t do anymore to persuade than I’ve already done. Oh well.
Per writer Matthew S. Bajko, the SFPD is pointing to photos from famous Berkeley-based zombietime website as evidence that things got a little out of hand at last year’s Up Your Alley Fair in the SoMA area. From today’s copy of the Bay Area Reporter:
“The fair promoters are the ones who have to take charge; this is their event. If they don’t run it properly, they will not be having it again,” said SFPD Lieutenant Nicole M. Greely, who oversees street closure issues for the police department’s Southern Station. “If this event doesn’t go well, we can’t continue to approve their permit unless it is safe for everyone involved.”
So it looks like this event will be on double secret public probation for 2009 at least.
Here’s a link to the somewhat-NSFW, somewhat censored version of Zombie’s report on UYAF ’08. How this all will shake out in 2009 Remains To Be Seen.
The Up Your Alley Fair will be held on Sunday, July 26, 2009 from 11AM to 6PM. The fair is located in San Francisco’s South of Market district on Dore Alley between Folsom and Howard Streets. We expanded to the adjoining block of Folsom Street between 9th and Juniper Streets and on to Tenth St. in 2008 to give the crowds some breathing room.