Police Issued 202 Bike Citations Between April and Mid-October
Most citations were written during the first month of enforcement in April.
Somerville police issued 202 bicycle citations between April and Oct. 10, according to police, who spoke about the matter at a Ward 4 ResiStat meeting on Dec. 5.
The Somerville Police Department began issuing citations on April 11 in an effort to promote safety among bicyclists.
A chart presented at the Ward 4 meeting shows that most of the citations, nearly 80, were written in April, and in June fewer than 10 were written. September was the second highest month for bicycle citations, with over 40 written, based on the chart.
In the first month of issuing citations, from April to May, police wrote about 87 bike citations, compared to 1300 traffic citations for motorists during that same time period.
The issue of bicycle safety is at the forefront if cyclists minds after a biker in Boston was killed on Dec. 6 when he collided with a tractor-trailer. It was Boston's fifth bicycle death of the year, and it happened less than a month after the previous fatal bike accident in that city.