Portola Valley, California is a wealthy town nestled in the hills of the Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco. With an average median income of $244,000 per year, it’s the sixth wealthiest community in California with the ninth most expensive housing in the nation.
It’s also a great place to ride. Residents of Portola Valley and nearby Woodside perpetually complain about the weekend traffic jams as hundreds of road cyclists pass through their towns. When the wealthy residents of this area (including the CEO of my employer, who also happens to be the fifth-richest individual in the world) ask San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks to intervene, the sheriff listens.
KRON TV’s Stanley Roberts visits a residential neighborhood in South San Francisco to catch scofflaws in the act. He says somebody even called police to report a suspicious black man with a camera.
Like all drivers, the woman who was ticketed for blowing through the stop sign claims she’s a good driver who never ever breaks the law except for that one time. Yeah, sure.
Everybody’s doin’ it doin’ it doin’ it, picking their nose and failing to stop behind the limit line at a red traffic light.
KRON’s Stanley Roberts visits the South Bay to watch traffic shenanigans in the city I work in.
He shoots a conga line of people blowing through a red light on Bowers at Augustin in Santa Clara, California.
This video reminds me of this recent story, in which a British Member of Parliament who once castigated cyclists for running red lights was herself ticketed for running a red light while driving her car. Oh pooh.
Stupid driving tricks.
You might have heard about Sheena Hardin in Cleveland. Judge Pinkey Carr sentenced her to wear a sign that says, “Only an idiot drives on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.”
Vilnius, Lithuania apparently has a problem with entitled luxury car owners who use bike lanes as their personal free parking. It’s become so widespread that the mass media have picked up on the meme of people posting photos of these parking scofflaws to social media networks.
Vilnius Mayor Artūras Zuokas decided to take action and “reminded [these drivers] of the rules” as he posted photos of a crushed Mercedes-Benz to his Facebook page.