out to ticket you for riding on the sidewalk. particularly in Hillcrest.
last summer, the city put up mean signs saying “No Bicycle Riding on Sidewalk”, without adding bike lanes on University Ave. or any other effort to make the streets more bike-friendly. This is an especially dangerous area because of the high volumes of car and bus traffic, in addition to a freeway entrance that you don’t want to accidentally ride into (sixth ave).
hillcrest residents would like to ride their bikes, but oh well. also see that bumpy strip in the road? yeeah.. bike-unfriendly city, w’sup!
yesterday, a friend just rolled onto the sidewalk, jumped one leg over bike, and was about to step off the pedal and walk to a cafe, right when a cop spotted him and gave him a warning for “riding on the sidewalk”. *wtfcrazyface* and that’s a warning for not even technically riding his bike. you know, kinda standing on one side of the bike with one foot on one pedal.
anyway, i see people riding on the sidewalk here all the time, because of the dangers i mentioned above. and really, if you warn and ticket people riding on the sidewalk, they’re not likely to want to ride anymore. and the people i see riding on the sidewalk are the less “urban cyclists”, like low-income minorities, and neighborhood gals and guys on beach cruisers riding slow. (vs more experienced, faster, and less fearful riders such as hardcore commuters, fixie hipsters, roadies, etc.)(more likely to be easily discouraged vs “f— you i ride my bike whenever and wherever i want”.)
also, these signs are a big contrast to the ones in Downtown Berkeley, which have friendlier dual/complementing messages: “Walk your bike on the sidewalk. Ride on the street”. Rather than a harsh prohibitive sign. (plus, Berkeley has lots of good cycle infrastructure like Bicycle Boulevards, of which the city is a pioneer, making the streets friendly to ride on.)
my hometown rocks. (photos: my own)
yeah so, if you get caught by a cop for riding on the sidewalk or any other “bad cycling behaviour” in san diego, i would advise truthfully telling the cop your daily experiences cycling and how you feel unsafe on the streets.. until bike lanes, cycle tracks get painted and built.. sidewalks it is. etc. etc.