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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6 Responses to Key Biscayne Police Ticketing Bicyclists

  1. Ray Welch says:

    Great piece. Keep them coming. ray welch

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  2. Mrs. Slow Bike Miami says:

    You know, I read your headline and wondered just what you mentioned toward the end of your post: how are the Key Biscayne police handling aggressive motorist behavior toward cyclists? Are they ticketing those who do not pass with at least 3 feet of space? Pulling over those ones who verbally threaten cyclists?

    This is good, but not great. Equal treatment and enforcing of the laws in all directions for those using any vehicle on the streets of S. Fla. that’s all we ask for, and I think we are entitled to it.

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  3. Ben says:

    Ticketing for running red lights in Miami is kind of shocking. I tell any out of town visitors to never start driving through an intersection when a light turns green at least wait for the count of 2 or 3. It is just a common fact that at any given intersection at any time of day people (cars or bikes) in this city run the lights. Not saying its right I actually wish there was a better job of traffic law enforcement in the area. So the fact that the police are actually giving out tickets for red light violations is a bit interesting. Maybe we will could see other violations resulting in tickets.

    Side note that new Red Light Cam in Coral Gables will be a new gold mind for the city. I guess pulling over someone on a bike is much easier.

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  4. Adam says:

    A lot of the bike riders crossing the causeway to key biscayne act just like Miami car drivers, except with a bike. Pretty hilarious, really.

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  5. Felipe Azenha says:

    Adam,

    The vast majority of bicyclists obey traffic rules, since it is in their own self interest to remain alive. Bicyclists are much more vulnerable to accidents and injury, so it behooves them to take less risk when riding a bicycle. Unfortunately the group-think mentality of pelotons, combined with testosterone, seems to exterminate all logical thought concerning one’s personal safety. Since these pelotons are large and visible, motorists seem to group all bicyclists as one in the same. Let me assure you that this is not that case. Most bicyclists like myself are cautions and respectful of the law. After all, I want to see another day ,so I can continue doing what I love, which is bicycling. I think I speak for 99% of bicyclists.

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