Cyclists in South Philly may soon be forced to abandon their “bike-however-you-please ways,” warns the 3rd Police District in South Philadelphia.
Philly.com reports that the police district plans to give warnings to bikers who commit infractions until Labor Day, and, after that, they will begin citing bikers who do not abide by the law.
The announcement is the latest development in the ongoing effort to create safer roads around the city. Last year, Mayor Nuttter spearheaded the initiative with his campaign “Give Respect-Get Respect.” Made effective from May to October of 2011 in Center City, the campaign documented “citations to 26 cyclists and 161 motorists, and warnings to 1,142 cyclists, 244 motorists and seven pedestrians.”
Funded by PennDOT, South Philly’s campaign is set on enforcing bike laws more rigorously in an area with “one of the highest bike-to-work” populations in the city. Although he notices a gradual improvement in biking manners throughout the city, Executive director of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia Alex Doty stated, “I’m not sure how much is because of the city’s getting its message out there and how much is because more people who bike fit a less-aggressive profile.”
So take this as a heads up: next time you’re biking home from Cantina and you blow through that stop sign, a cop may actually bother to give you a ticket.