Well that didn't take long. San Francisco Police Department Captain John Sanford has resumed his controversial strategy of targeting cyclists on the popular Wiggle bicycle route. The crackdown resulted in multiple protests this past summer, and was roundly condemned by the cycling community as a waste of police resources.
When SFPD Park Station Captain John Sanford announced in August he was ending the campaign to ticket cyclists who treated stop signs as yield signs (in what is known as an "Idaho Stop") along the Wiggle, he told a group of protesters gathered at a Park Station meeting that "we can revisit it at any time, but we’re going to go back to trying to collaborate.”
At a community meeting this past Wednesday, Sanford confirmed to those gathered that the crackdown was indeed back on.
“It’s exactly what I said to the community,” The Examiner reports him as saying, “that we could resume enforcement at any time.”
Morgan Fitzgibbons, who both founded the community organization The Wigg Party and is a member of San Francisco's Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee, explained to SFist what effect he believes the latest stepped-up enforcement efforts will have.
"The only thing the renewed crackdown is going to achieve is potentially swaying the final votes needed to over-ride Mayor Lee's threatened veto on the Bike Yield Law," predicts Fitzgibbons, referencing a new law proposed by Supervisor John Avalos, "as it's increasingly clear that the Board of Supervisors needs to tell SFPD how to allocate their limited resources for our city to begin to move toward a real commitment to Vision Zero."
Whether or not the law will have enough support to override a threatened mayoral veto is still up in the air, but with the election of the progressive Supervisor Aaron Peskin to the D3 seat, it appears all the more likely that the "Idaho Stop" could be made official on the streets of SF.
In the meantime, expect to find both SFPD officers and frustrated cyclists along the Wiggle.