Re: [bike-132] South Portland Police Community Forum

From: user 8.
Sent on: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 4:35 PM
Hi John-
Quick clarifying question-
I looked over the link you sent on the bicycle laws and am still unclear as to whether it actually violates a traffic law to travel the wrong way or run a red light on a bicycle.  I understand that can be dangerous and that it doesn't reflect well on the bike community but are thse things that you could actually get written a ticket for by a police officer?  I'll admit that I do sometimes bike through the ped-crossing phases in Portland if nobody's walking, just to get ahead of cars (...feeel freee to slap me on the wrist the next time you see me).
Just curious. Thanks!

>>> [address removed] 06/16 4:22 PM >>>
Thanks to Patty for pointing this out: The South Portland Police Department invites all town citizens to participate in a public forum tomorrow night (Wednesday), at which the public can talk face to face with officers about crime trends and police services. Chief Edward Googins and several patrol officers are expected to attend the 6 p.m. meeting at the South Portland Community Center.

I have put this on our calendar.

I have previous plans for the evening and am not a South Portland resident, but it would be great to have some people there representing bicyclists, to make sure the police (and the rest of the audience) understand what the law says, and the importance of enforcing traffic laws on cyclists who travel the wrong way and run red lights, as well as not bothering cyclists who are riding safely in t he travel lane. (I haven't heard of any particular problems of this type in South Portland, but it's always better to be proactive than reactive.)

Residents of other towns might want to use this event as a good example, if they want to call up their own police department and encourage them to do the same!

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