Sanford's decision to devote police resources to these tickets is now opposed by at least three supervisors: London Breed, John Avalos, and Scott Wiener.
"Enforcement against minor bike violations won’t make our streets safer but will make it a heck of a lot harder for people to bike," Wiener wrote in a post on Medium today:
In my view, traffic enforcement should focus on dangerous traffic behaviors -- which are largely by motorists -- that lead to deaths and serious injuries on our roads. Regarding bikes, police absolutely should enforce against cyclists engaging in dangerous and reckless behavior , for example, blowing through stop signs without slowing down, violating the rights-of-way of other road users, biking on sidewalks, and speeding . However, enforcing against cyclists for minor violations -- such as slowing down at a stop sign, cautiously and safely entering the intersection, and not violating anyone’s right-of-way -- is not a productive use of scarce traffic enforcement resources.
While Sanford fixates on holding cyclists to a strict interpretation of the stop sign law, SFPD still seems to ignore "rolling stops" committed by car drivers at the same locations.
Aaron was the editor of Streetsblog San Francisco from January 2012 until October 2015. He joined Streetsblog in 2010 after studying rhetoric and political communication at SF State University and spending a semester in Denmark.