This isn't news to us. We blogged about this campaign on May 2, May 16, and May 19, and had Captain Clark brief the Philadelphia Cycling Committee on June 16. We also created a page about the campaign, making the handouts and presentations downloadable.
The Mayor's Office of Transportation release the following numbers yesterday:
- Bicyclists - 590 warnings issued, 3 moving violations and 7 Code Violation Notices (CVNs) for riding on the sidewalk
- Motorists - 116 warning issued, 37 moving violations and 50 CVS for distracted driving
While the Bicycle Coalition supports stepped-up enforcement of all users of the road, we are disappointed with these numbers. Although motorists are getting most of the tickets, the unbalanced number of stops and warnings makes it understandable why cyclists feel targeted. The lack of any (reported) pedestrian stops is mystifying.
The campaign's intention was to balance education and enforcement efforts between motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians. The City's April 29th press release stated that it would "remind drivers, cyclists and pedestrians about traffic safety." That release went on to say that "distracted driving, sidewalk riding and pedestrians who are looking at their phones instead of both ways creates dangerous situations for everyone...." If that's the case, the number of stops should be more comparable between cyclists, motorists and pedestrians - not a ratio of 590:116:0.