You heard it here first – LAPD is still issuing tickets for not having a bike license.
This after the Transportation Committee pressured LAPD to suspend enforcement while they worked to remove the bike license law (LAMC 26.01) from the books. In January (Streetsblog), Chief of Police William Bratton issued this memo which reported that he had placed a moratorium on enforcing the law:
“I have directed that Emergency Operations Division develop correspondence implementing an immediate moratorium on the enforcement of Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) section 26.01 requiring that all bicycles within the City be licensed.”
I guess LAPD itself didn’t get the memo. Especially Officer Schube, the memo averse officer who issued the ticket.
How do I know all this? I spent 20 minutes in cuffs last night because I photographed it. While I was cuffed, and cited for crossing a crosswalk against a flashing red hand (which I didn’t do), Tom was being cited for:
- Not having a bicycle license
- Having an out of date address on his drivers license
These are petty citations. To cuff someone for 30 minutes, search their person and search their belongings for not having a bike license? Or a current address? Would LAPD ever do this to a motorist? These citations were issued to cover for the fact that they had no defensible reason to cuff and search Tom.
Which is probably the same reason I was literally grabbed out of the crosswalk and issued a bogus citation for crossing the intersection when the red hand was flashing. I’ll see you in court Officer Winter.