Eyes on the Street: Cops Tell Double Parkers to Get Out of the Bike Lane
"What are you doing?" I asked his partner, who stopped in the street.
"This car can't be parked here. It's the bike lane," he responded.
A woman who was a passenger in the car got out, darted across the street, and brought the driver back, and he was gone within minutes, but without a ticket. Double parking in a bike lane carries a $100 fine and San Francisco's law is "explicit about the bikes-only limitation," according to the SFBC. However, it's the first time SFBC executive director Leah Shahum has heard of SFPD motorcycle cops telling cars to get out of the bike lane. I watched them do it on a few blocks of Valencia.
"We encourage the police department to enforce the law," said Shahum. "It's not just an inconvenience for bicyclists it's a serious hazard and we'd be thrilled to see them enforce it regularly."