Lafayette Police To Crack Down On "Rogue" Bikers

Not the greasy, smelly, oily and mean as a warthog kind of biker -- the Spandex and funny shoes kind.


Lafayette Police Chief Eric Christensen hasn't had time to warm his office chair since landing the job as the city's top officer -- and everyone, it seems, is clamoring for his attention.

"Over the past few weeks, I have received a number of complaints from residents regarding rogue bicyclists in the neighborhoods – bicyclists, that is, who fail to recognize that the rules of the road apply to them, too," the chief wrote in a weekly message.

Many Patchers have expressed similar concerns with some two-wheelers, and residents have gone to the chief offering tips on violation hot spots and even offering "to make their driveways and bushes available for officers to hide in and behind."

Christensen said the input helps, and that the department will be deploying its motorcycles and police bicycles over the next few months because "everyone needs to follow the rules of the road, regardless of whether you are on two or four wheels."

If you have a traffic complaint regarding your neighborhood, the chief asks that you contact him

Chris F. June 09, 2012 at 04:41 PM
"Reign In Blood" As I ride Mt Bikes I don't worry the same as a road biker but I do notice the smoothest place to ride is the center of the lane or the shoulder (where tires don't track) Oh how I enjoy the roads on my bike as I can hop over the holes without blowing a tire/rim and my suspension makes up for a great ride when I take to the bike paths.
Chris Nicholson June 09, 2012 at 05:11 PM
How many were wearing Bear Flag shirts?
gavilan June 09, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Wow, that's not my experience. I just got back from (another) month in Italy and traffic there is much more free form and "rules as suggestions" than here. For example (I've seen this many times): if a car comes up behind a bike, it frequently passes, even if there is a car coming the other way.The car coming the other way simply moves over a bit to allow the three to pass. No angst, no cursing and gesticulating. It's much more a "everyone get along and the rules are meant to be bent to allow it" kind of society than here, which always feels much more "it's all about me" whenever we come home.
Emeryville Cyclist June 12, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Everybody should stop at stop signs and traffic lights when red. But everybody on the road has the right to be on the road. A bike is a car in the laws eyes. So when drivers honk their horns, speed by spitting out big plumes diesel exhaust and not giving any room to the cyclist when they pass ... they should think about who is going to die if there is an accident. The person safe in the car or the person riding their bike?
Regular Guy June 21, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Here's a current story about speeding bicyclists and the website that records their unsafe rides: http://abcnews.go.com/US/family-suing-website-cyclists-death/story?id=16605785 The guy that killed the elderly pedestrian in SF was being timed this way. Was he conducting his own time trial on the streets? We'll find out at trial. I wonder if the police can subpoena speeding records from this website and hand out some tickets.


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