BicycleSpace owner Erik Kugler has started an online petition asking Mayor Gray to do more to enforce traffic laws, specifically red light and speeding. I'd also add to the list driving and biking while talking on a phone. Since distracted driving is a factor in 80% of all crashes.
Of course, some will say that any increase in enforcement should include cyclists, and I agree. But enforcement should really be scientific. Let's go after activity that can be easily enforced and is clearly dangerous. Rolling through a stop sign at a T-intersection may not be it. Riding at night with no lights - definitely ticket. [One great thing about CaBi is that even when it moves people from their bike to a shared bike, at least we know they have ligths and reflective sidewall tires]. Speeding and distracted driving? Yes. Red light running is a natural because cameras make enforcement so easy.
While drivers can point to numerous examples of cyclists zipping between cars, threading through cars stopped at traffic lights to slip intersections at a red light, Kugler says he's not advocating lawlessness on anyone's part.
The only part of this that's illegal is running the red-light.
He makes the argument that many cyclists and advocates make: When a cyclist makes a bad decision, it will rarely seriously hurt another person. While collisions with cars frequently end with much more serious consequences.
That's mostly true, but in those cases where it is not, there should be enforcement. I wouldn't have a problem at all with a ticket written to a cyclist riding dangerously on the sidewalk (or anywhere really). The point is to enforce dangerous activity, not illegal. And enforcement has to be balanced. It shouldn't really be a crackdown on any one group, just the most dangerous actions.