Police officers in the City of Charlottesville have doubled in the past two years the number of tickets they have issued to bicyclists, Charlottesville Tomorrow reports.
– Good. As a bicycle advocate and rider, seeing cyclists cutting in and out of traffic, on and off sidewalks, blowing through red lights, etc. makes it harder for the law-abiding cyclists.
– Really? The number of times I’ve watched a car badly blow through a red light while a police officer sits there watching the offense is itself almost criminal.
– Bad. Points on a driver’s license because of these infractions? Don’t you have to have a license in order to get points on said license?
– Good. Maybe this will serve as a discussion point for educating the police, cyclists and drivers.
– Is there something in the Code of Virginia for distracted pedestrians? Maybe they could target UVA students on the Corner; they’re dangerous, too.
Maybe the City can add this discussion point to their newest $50k study on creating and integrating â€œcomplete streets.â€ (it would be awfully nice to have this discussion include how to traverse City/County lines rather than myopically looking solely at each locality’s needs.)
Like you, I have mixed feelings about this. We’re all safer if people behave in a predictable way, meaning they follow the known laws, but how many motorists are even aware of all the laws? I gave up cycling in Charlottesville two years ago because I felt so unsafe and had many scary encounters with motorists. We need a prominent media campaign to educate drivers on the rights of cyclists and pedestrians.
I think it has to be a campaign to educate drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. And ideally consistent infrastructure that allows cyclists to have their own lanes. But I dream.
As a part time cyclist and full time motorist, I am glad bad cyclists are getting tickets. I wish they’d issue them to pedestrians around UVa, aka students. Sooner or later a UVA student is going to get hit, probably by another UVA student in a car, because both pedestrian and driver will be looking at their phone while walking/driving through an intersection.