South Philly Police District Announces Bicycle Law Crackdown | Metro | Alex Wigglesworth | 7/31/12

Sign No. 240– shared way for pedestrians and b...

Sign No. 240– shared way for pedestrians and bicyclists (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Police from the 3rd District, which covers South Philadelphia from South Street to the Naval Complex and from the Delaware River to Broad Street, have announced a crackdown on bicycle law enforcement, according to the Passyunk Square Civic Association’s website, from now until Labor Day, bicyclists who don’t follow traffic regulations will receive a warning. After that, they will be issued traffic citations with the same penalties as those given to motorists.

  • Example1: bicyclists aged 12 and older who are caught riding on sidewalks are subject to a $55.50 fine.
  • Example2: bicyclists who, having reached their destination,  are crossing the sidewalk and do not yield to pedestrians and give an audible signal before passing them are subject to a $55.50 fine.

Under the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code:

  • bicyclists are required to follow the same “rules of the road” as any other motorist in the street, including stopping at stop signs and red lights, riding with traffic on one-way streets, yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks and abiding by speed restrictions.
  • bicyclists can also face the same civil and criminal penalties as motorists if their actions cause an accident, property damage or injury and that bicyclists can similarly be arrested and charged with DUI if they’re riding while intoxicated.
  • bicyclists can be further cited for having a bike that’s not properly-equipped with a reflector or lights, an audible signal device and brakes.

For full article see: Metro – South Philadelphia police district announces bicycle law crackdown.


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