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The Today File

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October 5, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Bicyclists beware: Police cracking down in the University District

If you ride a bicycle on the Burke-Gilman Trail through the University District, the University of Washington police have a few words for you: “Stop behind the line.”

If you don’t, you could get a ticket.

A UW officer was stationed at the intersection of the Burke-Gilman and Brooklyn Avenue Northeast this morning, warning bicyclists that they must stop at the stop signs there or risk getting a citation.

There’s a stop sign for bike traffic in both directions on the trail and a crosswalk for pedestrians crossing Brooklyn Avenue. The combination of bike commuters and pedestrians heading toward campus and vehicle traffic on Brooklyn makes it a heavily traveled intersection.

Campus police have received complaints about close calls between bikers, cars and pedestrians at the intersection, according to Cmdr. Steve Rittereiser. As a result, the decision was made to warn people who use the intersection to be aware of the rules.

“Clearly we try to educate people first,” said Rittereiser. “But if we see repeat offenses, we have to move on to the next level of enforcement.”

That means a traffic ticket.

The officer at the intersection this morning was stopping bicyclists in groups, warning them he would be ticketing to those who did not stop at the stop signs.

The officer was also warning bikers for not wearing helmets and other infractions.

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