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Bicycle scofflaws

Original post made by Craig Laughton on Jun 21, 2013

So, I was going down to my favorite coffee shop, this morning. Came to an all-way stop. I began to proceed, but a crazy bicyclist came screaming through the stop sign. He was completely arrogant. I had begun to proceed, but jammed on the brakes. I could have killed him, and it would have been his fault.

Solution? Have the police ticket them, with a minimum $500 fine for not stopping at stop signs. Stick it to them!

Comments (10)

Posted by Not an issue, a resident of Community Center
on Jun 21, 2013 at 4:38 pm

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Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 21, 2013 at 4:45 pm

I totally side w/Craig on this one. We see bad drivers & must drive defensibly, but bad cyclists are suicidal it would seem. I see it amongst the students & adults, on Stanford campus & all over town. Isn't it hard enough cycling in this area w/out being suicidal about it?


Posted by Not an issue, a resident of Community Center
on Jun 21, 2013 at 4:51 pm

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Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 21, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Not an issue - I generally appreciate your insightful comments. I understand your lack of appreciation for Craig's. His tendency to be passionate & hyperfocused on issues that are important to him is obvious. But seriously, he's not gonna make up this stuff - especially such a constant scenario.

So respectfully, I say this: Giving him a break is better for us readers & perhaps even for you. You aren't going to change his POV & vice versa. For example, he & I disagree w/the non-PA residents parking in Crescent Park due to overcrowding here & our lame landlord. But what good would it do if I started to hammer him about that online? It wouldn't do him or me any good & on top of that, I wouldn't learn anything from him. You might think you have nothing to learn from him, but who knows? You might just learn how to disagree w/someone & instead of needling them, just to let it go. I enjoy your posts when they're not focused on another commenter & it doesn't matter if I agree w/them or not. Thanks for reading this & I hope that you consider my words :-)


Posted by Not an issue, a resident of Community Center
on Jun 21, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Sorry, hmmm. I do not buy craigs story.
I think he should walk the talk and tell us the real truth about this incident ( if the incident actually occurred) . He needs to report it to the police-- that way they will have more arrows in their quiver to,deal with these matters.


Posted by Craig Laughton, a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 21, 2013 at 5:34 pm

>But n this case, I think that Craig is at fault. That is his nature

Wrong. I could have killed this bike scofflaw this morning. It would have been his fault, 100%. I saved his life, by being quick with my response.

My point is that bicyclists need to obey the laws of the street, no exceptions. Since they refuse to do so, their fines should be especially harsh, and enforced by the police. If this is done, their lives will be spared.


Posted by Crescent Park Dad, a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 21, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Happens numerous times every weekday morning at Homer and Bryant.


Posted by Not an issue, a resident of Community Center
on Jun 21, 2013 at 6:33 pm

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Posted by Vigneron, a resident of Southgate
on Jun 21, 2013 at 7:32 pm

@not an issue: [portion removed] Bicyclists sometimes do crazy things, as do motorists sometimes. Remember the accident recently on Alpine Rd where a 58-yr-old bicyclist inexplicably (according to police) turned left in front of a moving vehicle? Have you NEVER seen a bicyclist run a stop sign ( they often do it because it is so hard to get going again over the hump in the middle of the intersection once they stop)?? Have you NEVER been behind a bicyclist riding slowly down the center of a narrow rural road, with traffic piling up behind him or her, and refusing to ride to one side?? if you say "no", no one will buy your story!


Posted by Not an issue, a resident of Community Center
on Jun 21, 2013 at 7:46 pm

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