Weston's Bike-Lane Ticket Scare Has Lingering Effects

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Weston cops: Stay in yo' lane, don't play no games
Plantation mom and triathlete Molli Serrano survived pancreatic cancer but never stopped riding her bike. She once participated in a 62-mile race with a portable chemotherapy pump. But she really started making headlines in May, when a Weston cop pulled her out of a group ride and gave her a ticket for being outside the bike lane. The BSO deputy said he had singled her out of the group of 30 cyclists because of her purple pancreatic-cancer charity jersey. She got a $65 ticket.

Weston has long been a cycling destination in Broward. The city's long, winding roads beckon cycling groups with dozens of members. And the bike lanes are nice, too--they show that the city welcomes cyclists.

Except when it doesn't.

Florida law says that when a bike lane exists, cyclists have to stay inside it. "For a casual rider, that's not a problem," says Barry Katz, the president of the South Broward Wheelers. "But when you get a club out there with 50-60 people, it can be a problem." 

After Serrano got her ticket, rumors spread like wildfire that the city was out to get cyclists. "Bike lane wars reach Weston," read a Sun-Sentinel headline. "Since February 1, three cyclists have gotten tickets... many more have received warnings," the article read.

Early this year, the city had received complaints about cyclists hogging the road, and asked BSO to crack down. Katz says today, it's still "the single largest issue" facing cyclists in Broward. "It's very difficult for a cyclist to get justice," he says. So how many more people have been fined?

None, it turns out. Nobody has gotten a ticket for avoiding bike lanes since the spring, according to BSO records. But the fear and warnings continue to spread. And that's probably just what Weston and its less cycle-friendly residents wanted.





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frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

ANYONE WHO THINKS mixing bicycling and motor vehicles on ANY ROAD HERE is a good idea should know this - it's only a matter of WHEN you will have a crash

 

there are roads that even being careful to cross are hazardous and dangerous to pedestrians

 

i would suggest a stretch of road(s) be periodically CLOSED to motor vehicle traffic, say a sunday morning from 6AM to 10PM, for the exclusive use of bicyclers, on a pre-determined and regular schedule which is known in advance to all effected parties

 

take a road that has multiple alternatives that run parallel to it maybe even of both sides OR one that is most unused on sunday mornings

Amanda Lynn
Amanda Lynn

Good. I see people cycling outside that lane all the time!

Lauren Castillo
Lauren Castillo

Why do we spend so much time taxing, ticketing, and harrassing our good citizens? I don't know about others, but I am quite sick of it. the cameras at the traffic lights are the absolute worst!

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