Huntington Beach offers a first: Traffic school for bicycle violators
Get a ticket while riding your bike in Huntington Beach?
There's now a traffic school for that.
Huntington Beach has become the first city in the state to offer traffic school for bicyclists who break the law. The Police Department now gives cyclists the option in lieu of going to court and paying high fines. Unlike driving traffic school, the Adult Bicycle Safety Program only takes two hours and is offered by the Police Department at City Hall, said Lt. Russell Reinhart.
Since the city began the program May 20, Reinhart said, most bicyclists who were pulled over took the traffic school option. On the first day, 10 people opted for the class, he said.
The department charges violators $50 to cover the cost of traffic school and waives any other fees or fines.
[Updated at 4:53 p.m. While Huntington Beach is the first city to try the program, some counties, including Santa Cruz and Marin offer traffic school for bikers. But those programs are done after permission is granted from court. In Huntington Beach, violators will not need permission or go to court if they elect to take the city's offer.]
--Mona Shadia, Huntington Beach Independent / Times Community News
Photo: Bicyclists cruise by a bike speed limit sign north of Huntington Beach Pier. Cyclists who recieve a citation can now go to traffic school. Credit: Don Leach / Times Community News