“PA 75 says” Any statement that starts by quoting PA law is probably going to be meaningless to me. (and likely others) The law allows you to do many things I disagree with and forbids many things I could care less about. That statute has been quoted ad nauseum around here.
“in order to make cyclists look good for the city crossing guards” While I do think, to a certain extent, it’s good that we “look good,” my intent is more to ensure kids and old ladies don’t get run over or that cars, following cyclists lead, also don’t stop at a crossing guard.
My stance that we can only change things through personal education remains. Cops can hand out punitive punishments, but they don’t usually explain why it’s important to follow certain traffic laws, in human terms.
I’m not chasing after people and talking about rules, I’m talking about lives being saved by waiting a few seconds at a crosswalk. If they can be changed at all, I’d argue conversation is the way to go
Has anyone ever been stopped by a police officer or other official for their biking behavior? Do you think if it was a police officer or someone with more authority calling you out that you would be more likely to listen to them? A bike officer who maybe understands a little better the difficulties of biking on the road? I’m curious.
I’ve always thought a combination of better education and just a little more enforcement would be beneficial. I’d hate to invite law enforcement to scrutinize cyclists more closely, but if it helps maintain courtesies between peds, bikes, and cars, who knows. If it comes from a fellow biker, however good their intentions, I feel like I’d be more likely to take umbrage and simply ignore them.
Side thought, I’d be mad for getting reprimanded about something I wasn’t aware was bad form. Part of the reason I’m glad BikePGH is around as a good resource.