A San Francisco supervisor has proposed legislation, sparked by a recent police crackdown, that would require officers to make ticketing bicyclists who safely roll through stop signs the city's lowest law enforcement priority.
Supervisor John Avalos, an occasional bike commuter, calls his proposal the right-of-way ordinance. It wouldn't discourage officers from ticketing cyclists who blow through stop signs and violate someone else's right-of-way.
“We can minimize these conflicts if we all take our turn at intersections and avoid being a ‘right-of-way thief,’" Avalos said. "Our streets work best when we all follow the golden rule and treat others like we want to be treated."
The proposal comes on the heels of a San Francisco police captain's campaign to ticket bicyclists for rolling through stop signs along The Wiggle, one of the city's most popular bike routes.
Bike advocates were alarmed by the police's new tactics. The department had pledged to focus on the top five traffic violations by drivers that cause the most deaths and injuries.