Cops Prepare for Fiesta Cruiser Run

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Fiesta may be two weeks away, but Santa Barbara police are already warning participants in the annual Fiesta Cruiser Run — an ad hoc and decidedly anarchistic celebration of two-wheeled fun now entering its 35th year — that they’ll be putting extra cops on patrol and that they’ll be writing tickets.

What started off as a low-key and slightly inebriated Sunday beach cruiser ride from Stearns Wharf to Isla Vista and back as a cap on Fiesta festivities last year grew to as many as 3,000 riders who backed up traffic on State Street for as long as 10 minutes. The event has achieved critical mass and this is the second year in a row that the gendarmerie are putting extra officers on the street in response.

Coming as it does at the tail end of Fiesta, many in law enforcement have already accumulated a significant number of overtime hours, so posting extra numbers poses logistical challenges. Last year, the police department assigned 10-15 officers to the Cruiser Run; this year, that number will be closer to 20. Tickets for cyclists running red lights are $500 and $197 for blowing through stop signs.


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All you bicyclists, remember, you do not need to have identification with you to ride a bicycle. No identification, no ticket. Or, the officer will need to take you down to the station to establish identity. While officer takes you to station, he is not giving anyone else a ticket.

Toph (anonymous profile)
July 22, 2014 at 5:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

That is excellent advice, Toph.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
July 22, 2014 at 6:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Or you could just simply stop at red lights and stop signs and avoid all the drama entirely.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 22, 2014 at 6:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Toph, dumbchits like you are why other cyclists become victims of road rage and why city council members like Dale Francisco vote against anything that helps bicyclists.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
July 22, 2014 at 6:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Exactly so, Ken_Volok. Actions have consequences. The behavior of many of the cyclists in past cruiser runs has resulted in this enforcement effort each year. It's necessary.

LegendaryYeti (anonymous profile)
July 22, 2014 at 6:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I see no reason for a bike to stop at every red light and every stop sign and I see no reason why the fines should be the same as for cars when bikes rarely if ever pose a danger to anybody, except possibly themselves.

And I probably care less about Dale Francisco than anybody else in this entire town, I hope everything he hates makes his life a living hell until he moves away.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
July 22, 2014 at 7:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

That second paragraph was all you needed Loon, cheers.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 22, 2014 at 7:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

What are your thoughts on making skateboarders stop at every stop sign?

loonpt (anonymous profile)
July 22, 2014 at 7:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I say it's a good idea to stay out of the hospital.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 22, 2014 at 7:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

So you think it is a good idea to fine skateboarders $197 for going through a Stop sign?

What % of stop signs have you as a skateboarder go through without stopping?

loonpt (anonymous profile)
July 22, 2014 at 7:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

You can't prove it.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 22, 2014 at 8 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I just can't imagine a skateboarder going downhill with no cars in site jumping off their board for the man.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
July 22, 2014 at 8:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I deny all allegations.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 22, 2014 at 8:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Loonpt: As an adult, you can gauge the safety factor in running a stop sign/red light, but a kid who's watching you might think "hey, it's safe to do that", not having the advantage of life experience you have, then do what you've done, and then get dead.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
July 22, 2014 at 9:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Of course all skateboarders and bicyclists and Soap Box Derby cars should not stop at stop signs and red lights. Let's start anarchy in parallel with natural selection. I support the movement by loon and toph to disobey all traffic laws, get insubordinate with all peace officers, and spend time in jail. Oh yea, that will only last a little while until they get run over and killed...

nomoresanity (anonymous profile)
July 23, 2014 at 7:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm not saying you should just go out skateboarding in front of cars, but I've been around a long time and grew up riding bikes and skateboarding and I've never seen a skateboarder or biker, kid or adult, stop at a stop sign when there's no cars around in my entire life. Especially skateboarders going downhill, expecting them to stop when there are no cars is really the most unrealistic site I can possibly imagine in my entire life. It just seems like the expectations here are severely unrealistic. If there is a car coming and you feel safer stopping then stop. Tell your kids to watch out for cars and be careful. Slow down and look both ways when you get to an intersection before crossing. But actually coming to a complete stop when there are no cars around? That's the craziest thing I've ever heard.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
July 23, 2014 at 9:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)

stop signs keep people out of the hospital/grave. Whose to say the other guy even saw you coming? Come on now...

spacey (anonymous profile)
July 23, 2014 at 3:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

What about a police escort of the ride through town?

Just move the group through their route safely and without stops. The inconvenience would be shorter, and a lot less hassle for everyone.

Bicycles are not cars. Just escort the ride, it will be safer and faster for everyone.

AnAbider (anonymous profile)
July 23, 2014 at 4:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Not sure if you're referring to me, but in my example there is no "other guy", unless you're in Isla Vista. But barring IV, I'm saying that there is no reason why a bike should stop if there are no cars or anything around to hit. If the light is red, a bike should stop if there are cars to be polite and let the cars go - in fact I might even be ok with a $40 fine or something along those lines if a bike runs a red light in front of a car - but if it's a red light and there are no cars anywhere I see no reason why a bike should not be able to go through the light. It's not a matter of safe vs. dangerous, it's a matter of letting people make reasonable judgements on not forcing them to be beholden to things that are made for vehicles that weigh thousands of pounds and have an incredibly large capacity to harm other people.

The fact that most police officers agree with me and don't give people tickets makes people arguing with me more fascist than most police even are. Police will often, but not always, allow people to break certain traffic laws if there are no people around - a sort of 'no harm, no foul' policy which I fully support and think needs to be extended even further.

In Isla Vista skateboarders and bikers blow through Stop signs as a regular practice - they look first and put their hands on the brakes just in case, they aren't stupid... or in the case of skateboarders get ready to make a 90 degree turn to avoid the car in case they go through - but it is actually the drivers in IV who respect the bikers enough to lay off and let them have the right-of-way. Most drivers in IV also bike or skate, and IV is primarily a biking/skating/walking town, that's just how people get around. People usually only drive when entering or exiting IV. It's a great system, there are so many bikes everywhere that it just makes sense and it will always be that way no matter how much people here whine about it.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
July 23, 2014 at 4:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It went down, it was fun for my family and me, a couple of busts for people being stupid, but in all it was a great time for my family and me.
Props to Rex Stephens and his Santa Barbara Cruisers crew, great pre-ride event, he kept it zero tolerance and it all went smooth. Lots of cool bikes on display!
Looks like SB County put the screws on Ed Televi, he shut the store down for the day, but he went out of his way to supply a bunch of bottled water for the riders and he even got a couple of prota-pots so people had a place to use the bathroom.
There was a "locals only" stop along the way for refreshments that only the old timers knew about.
The gathering at Goleta Beach was great too, again, a ton of cool bikes, everybody had fun. We rode into Isla Vista after the beach and saw even more of the cruiser crew making their way to Sands for the traditional toast.
Personally, it was my 28th ride and it is always great to see the old crew coming back for more.
So now it may actually become an official event. that's good because once it becomes "mainstream" then all the douchy hipsters, trendies, anarchists, rebels, conspiracy loons and truthers will stop getting in the way.
These are the same morons that will be nay saying the police presence and exaggerating the number of arrests/citations as well as distorting the reasons why the police had to take action on a handful of idiots.
Great ride, great time, great people, that's what I expected and got more than we could ever wish for.

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
August 5, 2014 at 11:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)

So do you know what is up with the fence on the trail that goes out to sands??

loonpt (anonymous profile)
August 5, 2014 at 1:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Yeah, it was "bypassed" effectively. More than 1 way to get on that beach.

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
August 5, 2014 at 5:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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