Hold on to your handlebars: police in South Philadelphia are cracking down on unsafe bicyclists.
Between now and Labor Day bicyclists in the 3rd District caught riding on sidewalks, running stop lights and red lights, riding against traffic, failing to yield at crosswalks, or riding under the influence will be issued warnings. After Labor Day, these violations will become citations.
South Philadelphia has one of the highest bike-to-work populations in the city. This increased ridership brought attention to a need for safe, complete streets resulting in Mayor Nutter’s 2011 “Give Respect-Get Respect” campaign.
A report issued by the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities showed that between May and October 2011, citations were issued to 26 cyclists and 161 motorists and warnings to 1,142 cyclists and 244 motorists and seven pedestrians. (A similar study will be funded by PennDOT this year.)