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April 3, 2018 > Bicycle groups impact police resources

Bicycle groups impact police resources

Submitted By Officer Ron Clark, San Leandro PD

Over the last few months, the San Leandro Police Department's communication center has received numerous calls from concerned citizens regarding bicyclists riding recklessly and taking over city streets and intersections. This 'flash mob' practice of bicycle riding with no regard to traffic laws is dangerous to everyone including the bicyclists, motorists, and pedestrians.

The power of social media can organize a group of riders at any given time and location with one text or post. Law enforcement agencies presented with these unexpected traffic circumstances seldom have the resources available to manage hundreds of unruly bicyclists.

To put numbers in perspective, the San Leandro Police Department received 107 calls for service regarding bicyclists disrupting traffic since November of last year. Officers that responded to these calls make every effort to escort the groups of bicyclists to safer paths. In many occasions, officers utilize their emergency lights and sirens to warn motorists to yield to the bicycles to ensure everyoneÕs safety.

However, on some occasions, the bicyclists turn to more aggressive behaviors by damaging motoristÕs vehicles, knocking over trash cans and disregarding officers' commands. Officers at times must resort to enforcing the traffic laws when necessary.

Since November of last year, a total of four bikes have been impounded by the San Leandro Police Department as part of arrests being made. In these cases, three juveniles were released with citations and one adult was taken to jail. ÊTwo of the four bikes impounded have been released back to their owners; the other two have not yet been claimed. ÊIn addition, a few citations have been issued for a variety of California Vehicle Code violations.

The San Leandro Police Department promotes and encourages safe and responsible bicycle riding. As we enter warmer months, we will see an increase of bicyclists and pedestrians in our community. It is paramount that we maintain an environment where everyone can safely use the roadways, parks, and sidewalks.

The San Leandro Police Department invites anyone with questions about bicycle safety or the rules of the road to contact us or your local Law Enforcement agency. ÊThe San Leandro Police Department Traffic Division can be reached at 510-577-3208.

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