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San Francisco Cyclists Protest Police Crackdown on Bicyclist Violations

Members of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition gathered at the San Francisco Police Department's Park Station monthly community meeting on Tuesday evening to protest the station's recent crackdown on cyclists.

Bicyclists earlier in the evening also held a demonstration near Duboce Park to show the traffic jam that ensues if every bicyclist makes a complete stop at every stop sign.

Police point out more than 200 citations were given out in a two-day span last week mostly to bicyclists rolling through stop signs, running red lights and not stopping for pedestrians.

"We're trying to encourage bicyclists to share the road and when they're out there to obey the rules of the road," Park Station Capt. John Sanford said.

Police late Tuesday said they have lifted the crackdown on cyclists, but could bring it back in the future if needed.

Meanwhile, a petition opposing the crackdown was started by Liz Rahner on the website Care2 and has more than 19,000 signatures.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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