San Francisco Bicycle Coalition set for police hearing on bike collisions 

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  • Evan DuCharme/Special to The S.F. Examiner
  • The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has criticized the police for their response to accidents between vehicles and bikes, including the recent death of Amelie Le Moullac.
Representatives from the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition plan to speak out against what they say is unfair treatment of cyclists by police during a hearing at City Hall on Thursday.

The Police Department is expected to discuss its procedures for handling cyclist and pedestrian traffic incidents before the Board of Supervisors Neighborhood Services and Safety Committee.

As of mid-August, three cyclists had been hit and killed by motorists this year, according to the bike coalition, and none of the motorists have been charged.

“We are not asking for any special treatment, we just want the police to do their job,” said coalition Executive Director Leah Shahum.

On Aug. 14, 24-year-old cyclist Amelie Le Moullac was struck and killed by a large truck at Folsom and Sixth streets. The bike coalition is claiming that police did not investigate the case properly, refusing to view video footage of the collision.

Since the incident, the coalition said it has received reports from more than 100 cyclists complaining about what they say is unfair treatment by police.

The group also claims that Sgt. Richard Ernst behaved inappropriately during an event after Le Moullac’s death meant to inform the public about cycling hazards in San Francisco. He also reportedly blamed the victims of the three fatal collisions this year.

The public hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. in Room 250 at City Hall.

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