Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Punks on bikes 3

A letter to the editor in the SF Examiner:

Dear Examiner:

My sympathies to the drug dealer who got questioned by the police as he rode his bicycle on the sidewalk (Man stopped for riding bike on sidewalk outs himself as parolee, SF Examiner June 12). He must surely be the most unlucky criminal in the City. After all, as plenty of pedestrians can attest, sidewalk bicycling is typically the most effective tactic one can employ if you want the SFPD to ignore you and let you be.

Mr. Deane Hartley
San Francisco

Hartley adds this note:

San Francisco city ordinance prohibits bicycle riding on sidewalks by anyone over the age of 13. Last week, as a pedestrian, I experienced my seventh collision with a sidewalk cyclist in the past seven years. Bruises are almost healed. On my 3.3 mile lunchtime walks south of Market Street, I never encounter fewer than four sidewalk cyclists and often quite a few more. On the occasions I’ve pointed them out to nearby cops, they have taken no enforcement action. One of them wished me a nice day though.

Punks on Bikes 1

Punks on Bikes 2

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