Enforcement (10 Responses)

Enforcement

Police are able to stop cyclists for traffic infractions but there are many barriers to meaningful enforcement:

  • Bicycle infractions do not go on driving records.
  • Cyclists are not required to identify themselves with driver’s license or any other form of ID.
  • In practice, this means that even if a cyclist is stopped for an infraction, such as running a red light, there is nothing to prevent them from providing false information to a police officer.

BPD, in conjunction with MassBike, has made a police training video that has been sent to many police departments and contains excellent information the enforcement of cycling laws: Shifting Gears: Bicyclists & Public Safety April 2014

 

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