For the second time in the past month, I witnessed Key Biscayne Police officers pulling over bicyclists and giving them tickets for running a red light. The Key Biscayne Police department has taken to these extreme measures due to the fact that some bicyclists (usually traveling in large pelotons) consistently violates traffic laws. Since a bicycle is considered a vehicle, bicyclists should adhere to the same rules that govern motor vehicles.
Unfortunately, this practice has become all too common with the Key Biscayne police department. During the past year, I have heard stories from numerous bicyclists that have been rightfully ticketed for running a red light. However, I am concerned that bicyclists are being unfairly targeted. I’d be interested to see how many tickets have been handed to motorists for aggressive driving towards bicyclists on Key Biscayne during the past year? My guess is probably close to zero.
Perhaps the Key Biscayne police department could also protect the rights of bicyclists. All I’m asking for is equal treatment. I don’t think this is asking for too much.
For those riding in the pelotons; do yourselves and the greater bicycling community a favor, and start obeying the rules of the road. Your “wild west” riding style is not helping our cause. You are simply pissing off the police and the drivers. The road must be shared and traffic laws respected.
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- Peloton riders need to grow-up! Expect more enforcement against cyclists during the next few weeks.
- Please Share the Road Fellow Bicyclists
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