Today, June 20, I was one of apparently many people ticketed by the Boulder County Sheriff's Department while riding my bike through Jamestown. My crime? I failed to put my foot down and come to a complete stop at a stop sign. Instead, I slowed to a crawl, looked to see if anyone was coming from the left side (no one was) and proceeded when I determined it was safe.
Apparently, the failure to actually put a foot down makes me a hazard to society. How frustrating when I'm one of the cyclists who actually supports stronger enforcement of single-file riding on winding roads when there is no wide shoulder or bike lane, and who actually supports policing of downhill speeding cyclists. I strive to be safe, and a $111 ticket -- no warning -- is my reward.
Furthermore, the officers came today to Jamestown with the goal of harassing cyclists. There were 4-5 police officers standing about 20 feet back from the stop sign, just pulling us over one by one, giving no one any warnings. No wonder the Boulder County Sheriff's Department has such a bad relationship with the cycling community. Thanks a lot, guys.