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Any citizen who is dissatisfied with police services or believes they have witnessed or been a victim of police misconduct can file a complaint: * In person at any police facility * By telephone to the Internal Affairs Unit at (619)531-2801 * With the Citizens Review Board on Police Practices at: 202 C Street MS 9A San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 236-6296 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thank you for contacting me with your support for H.R. 1443, the Complete Streets Act of 2009. It was good to hear from you and I welcome the opportunity to respond to your comments.As you may know, H.R. 1443 would require each state to have a law or policy statement requiring all federally-funded transportation projects to follow "complete streets principles." These principles would state that transportation projects must ensure the safety and convenience of all users of the transportation system, including: pedestrians, bicyclists, public transit users, children, older individuals, motorists, and individuals with disabilities.As the representative from San Diego, I understand the need for more reliable and safe public transportation options. In addition, I am a member of the Congressional Bicycle Caucus, which supports public policy options that will encourage more Americans to leave the car at home and cycle to work and for recreation. In each of these cases, safety is paramount - and this bill is seems worthy of serious consideration in that regard.Although I do not serve on the House Transportation Committee, I will most certainly pass your support along to my colleagues on that committee. I will monitor H.R. 1443 as it works its way through the legislative process and keep your thoughts firmly in mind should I have the chance to vote on it on the House floor.Thanks again for being in touch. As your representative, I both need and value your input. If you are interested in receiving regular updates about what is happening in Congress, please sign up for my E-Newsletter at www.house.gov/susandavis.With warm regards,SUSAN A. DAVISMember of Congress
Dear Representative Gloria, As a resident of North Park, I feel blessed to live as beautiful of a city as San Diego. The weather is perfect every single day. And as a bicyclist, I couldn't have dreamed of a better place to live in.By choice, my husband and I use my bicycle as our sole mode of transportation. I am sure you are aware of the multiple benefits of having your constituents on bicycles on a regular basis. Personally, it means that it keeps one less car off the freeway which means less contribution to smog, traffic jams and other related problems. It means that one more person is healthier and as I can strongly attest, happier.Unfortunately, I am very dismayed to hear of increasing instances where the San Diego Police department has begun ticketing bicyclists for following the law and what is worse, judges upholding that mistaken understanding of the vehicle code. Specifically, California Vehicle Code 21202 which states:(a) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at a speed less than the normal speed of traffic moving in the same direction at that time shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway except under any of the following situations:(1) When overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle proceeding in the same direction.(2) When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.(3) When reasonably necessary to avoid conditions(including, but not limited to, fixed or moving objects, vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, animals, surface hazards, orsubstandard width lanes) that make it unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb or edge, subject to the provisions of Section 21656. For purposes of this section, a “substandard width lane” is a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle and a vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane.(4) When approaching a place where a right turn is authorized. (b) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway of a highway, which highway carries traffic in one direction only and has two or moremarked traffic lanes, may ride as near the left-hand curb or edge of that roadway as practicable.---------------------In this year alone, there have been two 21202 citations mistakenly handed out and then upheld in the courts in San Diego. What is worse is that the bicyclists charged with the violations had not violated section 21202.I strongly urge you, to speak out and urge that the San Diego Police Department educate its officers on what the law actually is when bicyclists are concerned. I also urge you to connect with the judicial members in the San Diego court system to refamiliarize themselves withwhat the vehicle code 21202 actually states.As a bicyclist, I abhor flagrant violations of the law, but I do not want to lose faith in those that are supposedly there to serve and protect me.Sincerely,ssoaddress
William:Another tip: show up to meetings. You'd be suprised what showing up does.Thanks: I'm going to try to be there for the 8/29 forum. Green jobs should include green transportation. And not just those funky hybrids either.
William:Another tip: show up to meetings. You'd be suprised what showing up does.
Dear sso,Thank you for your email. Councilmember Gloria asked me to respond to you on his behalf. Councilmember Gloria is aware of this issue and has been in touch with members of the cycling community, the San Diego Police Department, and the City Attorney's office about it. The last we heard was the City Attorney's office was working with SDPD to ensure that officers do not wrongly ticket cyclists. This was at the end of June. Has there been any further incidents of citations since the end of June? If so, I would be happy to follow up.Kind Regards,Travis Knowles
ray333:The U-T printed my response this morning, heavily edited, to the retired bus driver's letter to the editor. Others also felt he was out of line. There are two more letters defending cyclists and one that also vilifies bus drivers. See section B.
thom:Where is this, BTW?
ray333:This looks like the road from the parking area at the south end of the bridge that leads down to Crissy Field below the Presidio.
Njord Noatun:On my ride today I came across the following sign (haven't seen it in San Diego yet!):My knee-jerk reaction to the sign is "great, another sign supporting bike riders", but upon further reflection I am not so sure: CVC 21202 applies to all roadways regardless of if posted or not, and posting it may cause uninformed car drivers to conclude that this code does not apply wherever not specifically posted.A bit like the pro or con bike lane argument; I know!
il Pirati:.Yeah, its hard to repossess a kitchen.
billd:I was thinking that sign would make a great jersey.