Help Streetsblog Shine a Light on SFPD’s Bike Crackdown — Submit Your Video

SFPD was spotted ticketing bike commuters on the Wiggle as late as 11:30 p.m. last night. Help by filming the crackdown on your commute. Photo: Kristin Tieche
SFPD was ticketing bike commuters on the Wiggle as late as 11:30 p.m. last night. Help by filming the crackdown on your commute. Photo: Kristin Tieche

Streetsblog needs you and your devices to provide eyes and ears on the Wiggle, Page Street, and wherever the SFPD is lurking to ticket bicycle riders who harmlessly roll stop signs.

It’s been clear from the start that Park Station’s bike crackdown is a huge waste of resources. But there are things that video can help us understand better. What are bike riders doing that triggers a ticket? Are tickets going to people who actually violate others’ right-of-way? Are police accurately enforcing laws?

So, the next time you head out in the Park Station district, if you’ve got a few minutes and you come across officers staked out at an intersection, get some video footage. Let’s see if we can get a look at this bike enforcement in action.

Although no SFPD bike stings were reported this morning on social media, it’s a good bet they’ll be back soon — and not just during rush hour. Police were issuing citations to people on bikes between 10 p.m. and midnight last night, according to posts on Twitter and Facebook.

If you get something on video, send your file or link to abialick@streetsblog.org.

  • gary

    Something terribly wrong with what SFPD is doing. If they spent as much effort cracking down on drivers violating ped crosswalk right of way, actual lives will be saved. Why such a unusual effort on their part to ticket bikes? what’s the true story?

  • BBnet3000

    Even if they cracked down on people cycling who violated ped crosswalk right of way they would have some benefit (though probably more cutting down on annoyance than actually benefitting safety).

    This “crackdown” on the other hand accomplishes nothing while ignoring much larger problems.

  • Mario Tanev

    I hear about pedestrian stings for drivers but have never witnessed them. Is there precedent for such stings at odd hours, or only cyclists deserve such vigilance?

  • Mesozoic Polk

    I look forward to seeing the videos that are submitted. No doubt they will reveal the always-perfect compliance with traffic laws exhibited by the upstanding and law-abiding motorists of San Francisco.

  • StrixNoctis .

    Judging by the time the citations were handed out, my guess is the police were staking out (doughnutting out) on the Wiggle to catch riders of the BP group ride from Outside Lands which leads me to believe they’ll probably be there again tonight and Sunday night. I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re also there between 12pm and 1:00pm, but, no matter the time, taking precaution and keeping eyes pealed on the Wiggle during this Outside Lands thing is the safest bet.

  • StrixNoctis .

    LOL!

  • It’s not video, but i snapped a couple photos of illegally parked cars the SFPD kept driving by, back and forth on their mission to target cyclists.

  • This one was on Steiner there for about 5-10 minutes and two SFPD cars drove right by it on their way to catch cyclists.

  • bourbon

    We also need to get/show videos of the constant myriad of of motorist violations that get ignored by car-centric police and public.

    And get footage of all the times cyclists get harrassed, yelled at, swerved by and honked at for following the rules, like taking the lane. People aren’t pissed off that cyclists don’t stop at stop signs, they’re pissed off that they’re on the road at all.

  • voltairesmistress

    Has it occurred to other readers, not just me, that all these efforts to document police enforcement inconsistencies, to argue with Captain Sanford, or even to attend police show and tell community meetings may be a massive waste of time? These ignoramuses, from Mayor Lee on down appear immune to good policy and good sense. Maybe individual bike riders should simply stop cooperating with inane police enforcement. Passive resistance, subterfuge, refusal to accept citations, non payment of fines, clogging up the courts — any and all of these appeal more to me than wasting my breath on these idiots. Change through non-compliance. Thoughts, anyone?

  • NoeValleyJim

    I think different people can contribute in different ways. Not everyone wants to be confrontational, so everyone can contribute in their own preferred fashion. If we try a variety of tactics, we are more likely to find something that is effective anyway.

  • Jeffrey Baker

    I don’t think the cops can cite a parked car.

  • murphstahoe

    Maybe individual bike riders should start applying for the police academy and encouraging their children to take on a career in law enforcement.

    I mean, if we get rid of Sanford, who is he going to be replaced with? One of his hacks he has out there ticketing people for useless reasons.

  • The Park Station was quite busy over the month handing out citations this month. I wonder what percentage of them were bikers, pedestrians, motorists? Does it really even matter? (though I hope it was mostly bikers) with http://www.parkstation.org/uploads/8/7/9/9/8799366/august_7th.pdf

  • yes they can

  • p_chazz

    You guys really are tone deaf, aren’t you? Nothing you do to show up Captain Sanford is going to resonate with anyone outside the bike community. People who don’t ride bikes are sympathetic with his crackdown efforts.

  • kceem

    Meanwhile, two local businesses (Val De Cole and Ashbury Market) were broken into over the nights this weekend while these stings were diverting resources that could have been patrolling. Good thing the SFPD is on top of protecting those that matter in our Park District.

  • Xavier Harmony

    Do you know who do care? Those that care about road safety driven by hard data – like the “Focused on the Five” program was designed for.

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