Expensive Bicyclist Tickets At UC Berkeley Prompt Outcry

BERKELEY (AP) — Bicyclists are fuming over a crackdown at UC Berkeley.

University of California police have always enforced campus bicycling laws, but vigorous enforcement and steep fines in an era of tuition hikes has enraged students. Campus police say citations are up only slightly over last year.

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

The San Francisco Chronicle reported freshman Devin Shoop got a $220 ticket in September for locking his bicycle to a railing instead of a bike rack. Two weeks later, he got a $220 ticket for failing to stop at a stop sign.

Critics have started a Facebook page for complaints about the steep fines, they’ve staged bicycle civil disobedience and they’ve written letters to campus police.

Campus police Lt. Alex Yao says they are trying to ensure the safety of pedestrians.

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