CSU Bike Cops are Cracking Down

From the Collegian:

In the past month, bike cops have issued 376 tickets, collecting a combined total of approximately $8,675 in fines.

The CSU bike cops are out and they are not slowing down. They are cracking down on and ticketing students on campus and making sure they abide by traffic laws.

“Our job is teach students how not to get into trouble and to keep them safe,” said Matthew Staley, Colorado State University officer.

Bike cops are known across campus for many different reasons. CSU graduate officer Matthew Staley takes pride in his work as he tries to make CSU a safer place for its students.

Students who commute by bike are getting pulled over by CSU bike police. According to Officer Staley, the most common ticketing offenses are biking in a dismount zone, riding through stop signs, not registering their bikes and lacking a headlight when riding their bikes when it is dark out.

“Everything we pull students over for is regarding their safety … for instance, if a student gets pulled over at night without a light, we often hand out free lights,” Staley said.

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2 Comments

As a cyclist who rides

As a cyclist who rides everyday for commuting and recreation purposes I support holding cyclists to the traffic laws whether they be on paths or streets. If we as cyclists want better cycling infrastructure in and around town we should do what we can to show that we can ride responsibly.

I agree, I fully support this

I agree, I fully support this. I would also be in favor of more education / information on cycling applicable traffic laws being made available to everyone. Boulder in particular has a fairly varied infrastructure that makes confusing overlaps between bike lanes, bike paths, sidewalks and shoulders. I would personally be willing to go to CU and give presentations on safe / effective / defensive cycling as I live near campus and imo it's not willful disobedience in 90% of the cases, merely ignorance of the rules and a bit of youthful "immortality" complex at play. Most of the cyclists I see doing truly ignorant or dangerous things are casual cyclists. Sure there are the weekend warrior set / strava dopers out there running a few stop signs but I think in the grand scheme those are merely highly visible statistical outliers.

A combination of education and thoughtful enforcement, as well as encouraging the media to avoid inflammatory framing in the "cars vs. bikes" debates would go a long way towards alleviating both the real and perceived issues here.