By Bruce Wolfe, HANC Vice President
At our September 10th meeting, Captain John Sanford, Jr., the new Park Station Commanding Officer, joined us. A calm guy presented his vision of policing for our neighborhood. He explained the recent roadway traps focusing on bicycle riders, that got plenty of press, was to help protect pedestrians and reduce dangerous altercations with motorists. He received a lot of complaints about bikers and since there is law about bike riding on open roadways, specifically, rolling stops at traffic control devices and signage, he felt it prudent to monitor and then act if the issue was credible. It appeared it was.
Membership expressed some concerns about the action and urged compromise and increased coexistence. Capt. Sanford said he is in discussions with all parties and until the law changes will seek an amicable agreement. Currently, the law around bicycle riding on public roadways is being discussed. New legislation through the Board of Supervisors to allow rolling stops for cyclists is now on Mayor Ed Lee’s desk. According to media reports of September 27th, the Mayor is considering vetoing it. Additionally, Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law a measure allowing traffic ticket diversion programs for cyclists. The politics continue.