Park City officer tickets cyclist in ‘flagrant’ reckless driving case
In early July, the Park City Police Department issued a ticket to a cyclist after the agency said the person was seen driving erratically on Main Street.
For years, Park City police officers have occasionally arrested cyclists for various traffic violations, but it is very rare for an individual to receive a ticket.
The case was registered on the evening of July 3, the busy Saturday before Independence Day. Police said an officer from a bicycle patrol driving an electric bicycle made the stop.
According to a police department statement provided at the request of The Park Record, the officer focused on bicycle traffic after seeing close calls involving cyclists and receiving complaints about cyclists on Main Street and Park Avenue .
The statement said traffic was heavy and there were a lot of pedestrians on Main Street when the traffic stopped. The officer saw two men riding ATVs at speeds faster than vehicular traffic, the statement said, saying the cyclists were also passing vehicles and heading into the oncoming traffic lane. One of them was doing a wheelie as they drove down the main street, the statement said.
The officer caught up with the two cyclists and brought them to a patrol vehicle that was parked near the intersection of Main Street and Heber Avenue to draft the ticket. The 23-year-old rider from the Snyderville Basin was fined for reckless driving, police said. The other runner did not receive a ticket.
The statement said the officer “observed no other violation as egregious as the incident which led to the summons.”
Phil Kirk, a police captain, said the cyclist was riding in a potentially “very dangerous” manner at the time of the stop. He noted the number of pedestrians on Main Street and the traffic on the shopping street, restaurants and entertainment. He said a pedestrian could have been injured if there had been a collision.
“I made a point of being proactive, by contacting a certain number of cyclists to inform them about the laws. Many do not understand that cyclists share the rules if they are going to share the road and that traffic violations received by bicycle appear on their driving record, ”the statement said.