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Santa Monica Police To Target Bicyclist Infractions This Month

Posted Jul. 6, 2014, 8:19 pm

Mirror Staff

The Santa Monica Police Dept.’s traffic unit will target bad behavior by bicyclists this month, a police spokesman said.

California vehicle code law also applies to bicyclists, SMPD spokesman Lt. Jay Moroso said. A person riding a bicycle or operating a pedicab on a highway has all the rights and is subject to all the provisions applicable to the driver of a vehicle, he said.

While a majority of the collisions involving bicyclists in Santa Monica have been determined to be the other person's fault, when a bicyclist has been at fault, the most common reasons have been failure to stop at a traffic signal or unsafe speed, according to Moroso.

Moroso also reminds cyclists it is unlawful for them to ride or coast a bicycle on a sidewalk or inside a parking structure.

Bicyclists are expected to use the city's bicycle lanes to travel safely, according to the department.

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Jul. 6, 2014, 9:53:16 pm

Repeat repeat said...

Mirror, you already said this on July 5th.

Jul. 7, 2014, 3:48:33 pm

Obummerski said...

Santa Monica has become such an expensive craphole to live recently. Not to mention very family unfriendly.

Jul. 7, 2014, 4:49:51 pm

Erik said...

Catch me first.

Jul. 7, 2014, 11:16:39 pm

Republicants said...

what the heck does that have to do with the article?

Jul. 11, 2014, 3:38:24 pm

sanford clair said...

I am a taxi driver and will believe this crackdown when I see it! Not a day goes by where someone on a bike simply blows through a stop sign at 30-40 MPH and makes me jam on my brakes. Today is July 11th and I'm on the road 10-12 hours a day. I have not seen one person being ticketed for many months. Lets see what happens.

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