On August 1st, CVE presented to the San Mateo County Police Chiefs and Sheriffs Association on Enforcing Existing Laws For Cycling Safety in San Mateo County.
Our goal is to establish a partnership that ultimately promotes SMC Law Enforcement as a leader in enforcing existing laws for cycling safety. This meeting was the first step, introducing our years of work in cycling safety across San Mateo County and meeting the Police Chiefs and the Sheriff-elect, Christina Corpus.
They requested our presentation and the three foot warning letter we helped CHP develop. We look forward to establishing a partnership to realize this critically important goal. Next steps are in progress.
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Our presentation: Enforcing Existing Laws For Cycling Safety in San Mateo County
Our Three Foot Warning letter
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Super exciting! Are the wheels of justice finally turning? I so much look forward to law enforcement actually enforcing laws to protect cyclists. The bias against cyclists is so incredibly frustrating, especially on popular routes where cyclists sometimes out number cars! Thank you so much. Cheers.
I was pleased to see the Chiefs and Sheriff Elect pay rapt attention to Craig’s excellent presentation.
I look forward to engaging with each agency for more extensive presentations.
Thanks Craig for your tireless work.
This is great news, and hopefully the beginning of lasting collaboration. I see a lot of potential for partnership between law enforcement and cyclists that would improve the safety of all. I’m looking forward to a future post detailing next steps taken.
After serving on the SMC BPAC for several years and seeing how cyclist’s reports of dangerous driving have been disregarded by law enforcement, the presentation and conversation with the Peninsula Police Chiefs on August 1 was a welcome change. I do hope we can schedule presentations, to educate and have conversations, with each of the 23 police departments on the Peninsula. Thank you Craig for championing cycling safety.
This presentation to the association of police chiefs and sheriffs could be very promising since it reaches the highest levels of law enforcement in San Mateo County, a county in the San Francisco Bay Area that is extremely popular with recreational riders. The scenery and varied terrain make riding here very challenging but also very enjoyable. There is the issue of narrow and steep rural roadways and not a small number of drivers who view cyclists as a nuisance. So, the association seemed interested in the CHP three-foot warning letter and engaged in the discussion of the need for better data. We will see soon enough if this conversation results in any changes out in the enforcement world of individual officers investigating individual incidents. Frankly, as someone who has broad experience with numerous governmental organizations over the years, I will be watching closely to see if there will be any increase in enforcement of existing law, or will it be the more typical response to a citizen proposal, which is; “Thank you for your presentation, comments noted”.