Several months ago I had lunch with Chief Press and Deputy Chief Jose Monteagudo from the Key Biscayne police department.  Chief Press invited me to meet with him after I posted a blog regarding the ticketing of cyclists on Key Biscayne. We agreed on mostly everything, even the fact that bicyclists needed to be ticketed because most were riding their bicycles through Key Biscayne as if it were the Wild West.

Education and enforcement is certainly working on Key Biscayne.  Recently I have noticed an increase in the number of cyclists that are stopped at red lights on Key Biscayne. Chief Press explained to me that along with enforcement his officers have been educating cyclists. Most cyclists who are caught breaking the law are cited. I was shocked to hear that the Key Biscayne Police department had cited several cyclists for repeated infractions.  This is unacceptable. Cyclists which regularly break the rules of the road are the very same ones that give all cyclists a bad name. Grow up. This ain’t the tour.

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4 Responses to Education and Enforcement on Key Biscayne

  1. Thomas says:

    Not defending law-breaking cyclists, but – It would seem that enforcement priorities are a bit off. Sure, reckless bicycling can lead to accidents – but speeding cars are the much greater threat to personal safety. Felipe, I would be interested in hearing what measures Key Biscayne is taking to slow down drivers.

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  2. Dito says:

    Well-said, Thomas. I agree.

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  3. Felipe Azenha says:

    I agree that law enforcement in general could do more to protect cyclists, you won’t find an argument from me here. But the reckless disregard that hundreds of cyclists were showing in Key Biscayne was unacceptable. Cyclists by the dozen, blowing through major intersections when the light is red, is just plain stupid. It needed to stop and for the most part has. the Key Biscayne Police department is not responsible for enforcing the speed limit on the Rickenbacker Causeway. Miami Dade PD and Miami PD are responsible. I have seen increased enforcement recently, but it does little to discourage speeding, when you have a roadway that is designed to encourage cars to safely cruise at 50+mph.

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  4. Cyclists who disregard traffic laws are a big part of the problem. They anger and frustrate motorists because their behavior is unpredictable. They make things worse for cyclists that do adhere to traffic laws.

    That’s why I always say we need to frame the argument differently. It’s not motorists vs. cyclists, its bad drivers vs. good drivers.

    Assuming the ticketing is fair (and that’s a big ASSumption given what we’ve learned about cyclists being harassed to leave the road by uniformed law enforcement personnel), a cyclist who commits multiple infractions should have his or her bike confiscated and not get it back until they attend some kind of safety class. I wonder, if you get a ticket while riding your bike, does that add points to your driver’s license?

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