Breaking News: Cyclist Assaulted on Market

“BBnet3000” posted this video of an assault on a cyclist on Market Street on the Streetsblog website this morning:

The video shows a confrontation between a cyclist and a motorist who parked his car in the bike lane on Market at Van Ness. It’s a disturbing incident and unfortunately all too common. Other commenters are already taking the cyclist to task for being aggressive, but wherever you stand on that question, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s against the law to park in the bike lane, even to discharge passengers. It’s also against the law to drive a car at a cyclist and get out and spit at them. This is a case where SFPD can do something, but they need your help.

Streetsblog has been in touch with Supervisor Jane Kim’s office and the SFPD about the incident. Here’s part of what SFPD Commander Ann Mannix had to say in an email to Streetsblog:

Terrible event. Does the video come from the woman the driver spat at? She would have to sign a citizen’s arrest for the incident then the district investigations can follow up on the incident. The passenger did the right thing to calm the situation…Let me know if she [the cyclist] is willing to sign a citizen’s arrest and then we will attempt to identify the driver (not necessarily the registered owner of the car). I have cc’ed the captains of both the Mission and Southern Stations as the event likely occurred in both of their districts.

So if somebody out there knows the victim, please email tips@sf.streetsblog.org

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Cyclist Pepper Sprayed by Motorist

|
Danica Helb, a 35-year-old scientist and researcher at the University of California in San Francisco, was riding her bike on 16th Street Tuesday afternoon from her lab at San Francisco General Hospital to her office in Mission Bay, something she’s done three times a week for the past six years. Between Mississippi and Owens, the […]

BREAKING NEWS: SFPD Hits Cyclist in Bike Lane

|
This video just came in via the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and the San Francisco Bike Ride Crew. It’s truly nuts. An SFPD cruiser apparently parked in the right-turn pocket suddenly pulls out, swerves left and hits a cyclist. Streetsblog will post more information as it comes in, but apparently the cyclist is Tim Doyle, […]

SFPD Park Station Begins Pointless Harassment of Bike Commuters

|
Cops ticketing a cyclist for rolling a stop on The Wiggle. Subject of last week’s protest: http://t.co/xq1euSM4QQ pic.twitter.com/rTovDhLp5d — Kale Williams (@sfkale) August 5, 2015 SFPD Park Station Captain John Sanford has made good on his promise: Officers were out this morning ticketing bike commuters who failed to comply with a strict application of the […]

New SFPD Park Station Captain’s Bike Crackdown Won’t Make Streets Safer

|
@SFPDPark obviously no crackdown needed here! Looks perfectly safe, @Bob_Gunderson approved. pic.twitter.com/VrOCM1NPwj — kevin (@ku1313) June 14, 2015 In the name of “protecting life,” SFPD Park Station Captain John Sanford has promised a crackdown on people on bikes rolling through stop signs. The SF Bicycle Coalition and some neighborhood leaders are calling on Sanford not to divert […]