According to one letter to the editor in the daily camera that the (unknown if Boulder or CU) Police used Winter Bike to Work Day as an opportunity to capture reckless and lawless cyclist. Was that a good choice to use this day to target illegal cyclist?
I'm a 32-year-old graduate student in civil engineering at the University of Colorado. On Jan., 20, national Winter Bike to Work Day, I was ticked for failing to yield at a stop sign. I was in a bike lane wearing my helmet and nearly came to a stop at the stop sign. For the record I was riding a 1968 Schwinn racer not much faster than most people walk. Every cyclist riding in this area was hit with the same $100 ticket, for failing to yield at the same stop sign, obviously it was mostly students.
Certainly there are reckless bicyclists on campus; however, I'm not one of them. I could continue to enumerate the outrage of this situation, but I'm hoping it's pretty clear. I always thought Boulder was a bike-friendly town. What are the police hoping to accomplish? Public safety, I would assume, but what about all those jaywalkers why didn't they get tickets? Come to think of it, it's pretty dangerous around here when people don't shovel their sidewalks; maybe they need $100 dollar tickets too. OK, you get my point, a warning would have done fine, I think.
I watched the police issue $1,000 in tickets in a few minutes. I was thinking that if the police enforced traffic laws for cars on National Drive to Work Days, the other 364 days of the year, the city would have a real revenue source on their hands and a safer city to boot.