Prairie Village Police, Johnson County Bike Club follow up after 2009 cyclist crackdown

Photo via the Prairie Village Yacht Club

Representatives of the Johnson County Bike Club have met with the Prairie Village Police a year after the department began cracking down on riders who were breaking traffic laws during group rides.

During the meeting the two parties discussed the need for cyclists to continue observing safe riding practices, including riding no more than two abreast. The police said that when riders line up three or four abreast, they make it difficult for motorists to avoid them, which can lead to serious accidents. The cyclists also brought to the police department’s attention that there are some intersections in the area where the weight of a cyclist won’t trigger a green light, which makes it tempting for bike riders to run red lights. Police chief Wes Jordan told the cyclists he would look into changing the light settings at those intersections.

For JCBC president Ken Cobb’s full summary of the meeting, check out this post from KCBike.info.