News - September 8, 2010
Woodside: 25 bicyclists cited for running stop sign
by Kate Daily
San Mateo County Sheriff's deputies cited 25 bicyclists on charges of failing to come to a stop at a busy intersection in Woodside on Saturday, Aug. 28.
Lt. Larry Schumaker with the Sheriff's Office said two motorcycle deputies were in the parking lot at the intersection of Canada and Woodside roads at around 8:30 a.m. when they saw a large group of bicyclists turn west onto Woodside Road. "The majority ran the stop sign," he said.
The bicyclists were pulled over, and lined up alongside the road about a block from there on Woodside Road near Albion Avenue. Three more deputies drove up in cars to help write tickets.
A neighbor, Michael Sieber, noticed the commotion and ended up taking pictures and speaking to the deputies.
A bicyclist himself, Mr. Sieber has lots of experience with the four-stop-sign intersection near Roberts market. He thanked the deputies for stopping the bicyclists. For safety reasons, he said, "I don't like the guys rolling through."
Andrew Hsu, a board member of the Peninsula Velo Cycling Club, said: "Our estimate is about 30 to 40 bicyclists were involved, and a vast majority are club members."
"One of the informal group rides leaves Hwy. 92 and Canada Road around 8:15 a.m. on Saturdays," he said, and that's the group that attracted the deputies' attention.
The club was founded in 1974 and has about 150 members, he said.
"It is the largest performance-oriented cycling club in the Midpeninsula," he said. "Many of our members race ... and share the passion to maintain fitness."
"Our club policy is to obey the rules of the road," he added. "We have never condoned running stop signs or stop lights."
"We're all fortunate to live in this area," he said. He has noticed a recent increase in riders in Woodside, and said that in "sharing these roads, we want to be respectful in that community."
Since the ticketing incident, he said, "There has been some discussion about rerouting our usual informal route to have less impact on the community."
Mr. Hsu wasn't riding with the group that morning, but called the "mass tickets" a "rather Draconian effort."
"There are those who are going to court to contest it .... whether the officer saw each individual roll through or not. It's easy to assume everyone didn't stop," he said.
Lt. Schumaker said the deputies were just making "an enforcement stop" that day, and that "it's kind of like a daily occurrence, usually six to 10 bicyclists" are cited for traffic violations on any given day.
"Bicyclists are required to follow the vehicle code," he noted.
Large groups of bikes are supposed to "yield as we all do, and take turns" at intersections, just as cars do, he said.
He paraphrased the two sections that apply in this case: "21200(a), bicyclists are like vehicles upon a roadway, and 22450(a) failure to stop at a stop sign."
A spokesperson in the traffic division of the San Mateo County Superior Court said failing to stop at a stop sign "is a moving violation, an infraction. The fine depends on the case, on the record of the person."
Posted by Linda again,
a resident of Woodside: Mountain Home Road
on Sep 8, 2010 at 1:35 pm
Ahhhh the subjects of bicyclistsc
Where shall I start?
Quote: gThe adults of Woodside seriously need to question their ability to get along and share space with other people. You do not own the roads - you are a *community* living in a space with people who have different interests that sometimes don't perfectly blend with your ideal view of the world. Everyone (including mortorists, horseback riders, etc...) are occasionally guilty of violating the law. But because some do, doesn't mean EVERYONE does, so...stop generalizing, putting all cyclists into the same bucket, and learn to recognize and value our freedom to enjoy our community in different ways, rather than paint an ugly picture of an entire group of people. Although it may be uncomfortable at times, try being tolerant of others and know that generalizing an entire group based on the actions of a few is not an example we want to set for our kids, and no way to get along in a place where we ALL have to *share* :)h
Regarding this statement, it is correct in many ways, but there are always those that are always in a hurry, no matter what means of transportation. The SMCSO does give many tickets for vehicles speeding, rolling through stop signs, and passing double yellow lines. We all want to share, but being given the finger gesture and profanity shows the mentality of the cyclist. There are always a few that ruin it for all of us.
Quote: gWow, looking at these posts, its amazing how many car drivers out there hate cyclists!! When was the last time a cyclist killed a car driver, verus the other way around? Car drivers, especially rich, mean, Woodisde residents, get a life. Im sure most of you are fat, ugly and with bodies that would make you throw up if you saw them in spandex. You are out there, sitting pretty in your steel boxes. Wow, you are tough!! The next time you are in a conflict with a cyclist, get out of your car and face it man to man, instead of trying to kill us then driving off. I ride a bike every day, and most car drivers seem to think that they own the road and put bicyclists lives at risk every day with their reckless actions, like driving too close, cutting us off, etc. Of all the billions that are spent on the roads each year, how much is spent on bike lanes, etc? And as for the cops, havenft they got anything better to do than harass cyclists? Maybe they should all retire early on their bloated pensions which are bankrupting this state. I mean the cops are really struggling, mo far as what Woodasiders look like, st of them can barely afford to maintain their boats and second homes.h
If you have an issue with the rich Woodside people then why would you ride in this community, and not ride in your own community. As you mentioned about the fat and ugly rich people of Woodside, again, why are you here? Are you showing us your mentality again? If I were and have had a confrontation with a bicyclist, I would immediately call the SMCSO to resolve the issue, as the cyclists are ready for a fight, how mature and responsible is that?
The SMCSO is all we have for protection against you unwanted pieces of pond scum. We want walkers, joggers and horses.
Want noise and a little action, drive your spandex rears up to an area where it is safer, and maybe you can make sure you have a pink dot on your driverfs license, at least we could use you organs for something as you do not have any brainsc As far as what a police office can and cannot afford has nothing to do with this issue.
To those that claim Woodside exists so they can hike and bike why don't you do both where you live.
Great point, get lost; you are not welcome unless you have manners, and it is obvious you have never been taught any.
Quote: gHey Bobby, do you realize that you sound like an elitist snob when you make comments like the one above? Do you think that when you live in a town this gives you exclusive rights to the roads and trails? Why don't you go out on the streets and talk like this instead of bullying people anonymously from your home. Take it to the streets Bobby, and see how the people react to you then, if you have huevos rancheros hanging down there. Good day.h
We pay higher taxes; maintain a lot of private roads, which cyclists seem not to understand. We live here because we have worked hard and earned, get a life and get out of our peaceful community
Quote: gWow, we should all feel so much safer now! Things must be going pretty well for both Woodside and the SMC. Sheriff's Dept. that they're down to busting group rides in order to keep busy and productive. Most places in this world do not enjoy anywhere near the law enforcement staffing levels and crime rates that would allow or justify 5 officers the luxury of sitting around and waiting to shoot fish in a barrel like this.h
Are you stating the law enforcement in this area is lazy? How would you like to have their job with attitudes like yours? They put their life on the line for us every day, and if you thing being in law enforcement is easy, what not try to get in, will not happen with your attitude, shape or no shape, law enforcement does not accept attitudes.
Please stop the public urination along our scenic area, we do not want to see it!
Are you smarter than a fifth grader? Do you have any idea of the weight of an automobile vs. a bicycle and rider, Duh?
Riding in youfre cycling clubs means being outside enjoying the fresh air and scenery, not acting like an angry pack of wolves on the hunt for an altercation.
Talking on a cell phone while biking is just as illegal as in your car; can you grasp the concept, and the danger?
Why is the finger and the profanity the choice of cyclists? Is it to show your mentality, could be why you cannot afford to live here? Why not a smile, excuse me, Ifm sorry, anything positive instead of negative would be an improvement!
Why when you are in your pack do you need to yell back and forth at one another? Why not enjoy the tranquility of these small quaint communities,and not add more noise pollution?
Keep a copy of this and read it before each ride, it MIGHT help, who knows?