Recently at 9:30 a.m. on the corner of Market and Fifth streets, I couldn’t help but notice a group of at least four officers on foot, strategically positioned to watch and stop bicyclists for traffic infractions. This is alarming to me as someone who rides to and from work most days.
I often wonder as motorists drift or accelerate through red lights at nearly every intersection I pass — where is the law enforcement?
To say the least, it is disappointing to find law enforcement resources used for persecuting bicyclists instead of the deadly force of cabs routinely making erratic lane changes to swing around traffic or make illegal right turns. Not to mention the commonplace running of red lights by all motorists (frequently in front of police cars).
Why doesn’t the Police Department take care of truly dangerous traffic violations before spending its budget cracking down on bikers crossing the street in crosswalks?
In your Friday story, “Pedestrian hit by cyclist dies,” detectives confirmed that the bicyclist “was riding recklessly, ran a red light and hit the woman,” thus killing her. For this, he was “detained and released.”
So it was clear from the start that the bicyclist’s recklessness fatally injured a pedestrian — yet no arrest was made.
Since The City refuses to impose any true consequences for such aggressive and dangerous behavior, pedestrians will continue to be the victims.
I wonder if that city worker who ran his power washer outside our apartment building from 5:30 to 6 a.m. the other morning realized he was waking up dozens of folks from their deep slumber.
My guess is that he didn’t give it a thought.
Your Thursday editorial admitted that most of the Muni operators who have lost commercial driving licenses did so because they did not pass their medical recertification.
You people seem to feel that those drivers should get two weeks to resolve their problems.
It takes well over two weeks to resolve health problems. But you think the operators should be fired.
That is right, fired for a health problem. What mean-spirited hypocrisy.
Michael J. Benardo