A Ticket For Running A Red Light On A Bike Might Go Up $97

We’ve talked about the whole “safety in numbers” thing and how cyclists are riding smarter, but you cyclists may soon have to put your money where your spokes are: According to Philadelphia Weekly, the proposed (and already once-postponed) Complete Streets Bill could go to vote by the end of the year, and the current version contains a big change for cyclists.

In the bill’s current state, which “includes concessions and safety precautions for both cyclists and drivers,” a bicyclist running a red light would incur a $100 fine, which is up from the current $3 fine. In addition, it would prohibit “opening a car door into traffic (unless safe to do so),” and parking in bike lanes (which, as common sense would tell you, should have been illegal a long time ago).

The bill is co-sponsored by Mark Squilla, Kenyatta Johnson, Blondell Reynolds-Brown and Jim Kenney … which … ugh. But the people at the always great Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia have been in discussion with the council-members to help shape the bill. The Bicycle Coalition calls the bill a “compromise,” which works, because that’s exactly what sharing the road has to be.

  • tsarstruck

    Totally seems fair. I mean, getting caught by a red light camera with a 2,000 pound automobile capable of going four times the speed and easily killing anything in its path is $100.

  • Adam

    Sure, they keep saying stuff like this – I’ll believe in enforcement when I see it, or even see the existing legislation enforced on drivers. Nobody stops at my corner while driving, they barely slow, and head out…

  • Adam

    That being said, if they do enforce it, I’ll be owing some money, I definitely practice ‘stop as yield’ on my bike.

  • David Parrott

    And lets put that in perspective. (btw 2,000 is extremely light for a car, in 2004 the average car weighed 4,000 pounds) That means a car weighs easily 100 times what my bicycle weighs, usually much more. Should we really be paying the same fine as people who can travel many many times faster than us with a vehicle that can kill or maim far more easily than a bike? Is that “fair”?

  • http://twitter.com/TannenbaumMike Mike Tannenbaum

    So, if I hopped off my bike and walked across the street and then hopped back on, would I get a ticket?

    $100 seems outrageous, but the ‘no car parking in bike lanes’ is a great addition. That shit has almost gotten me seriously hurt many times.

  • tsarstruck

    I was being sarcastic, David.