Philadelphia officials next month plan to use more “stick” in a program that takes a carrot-and-stick approach to bad behavior by people in cars, on bicycles, and on foot.
The program, dubbed “Give Respect, Get Respect,” was launched at the beginning of May, aimed at reining in bad behavior by motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians in Center City.
Since then, some tickets, but mostly warnings have been handed out.
But Deputy Mayor Rina Cutler says starting in August, more citations will be issued.
“After the first several months of doing that, we really need to pick up the enforcement side and really get serious,” she told KYW Newsradio today.
Nearly 600 bicyclists were given warnings since the program started, many for riding on the sidewalk or running red lights.
Cutler says some didn’t take too kindly to it.
“It’s my sense at least that some of the bicyclists believe that the laws don’t apply to them,” she said.
Pedestrians who text while they walk without looking ahead will also be targeted. And on the motorist side, officials will be looking for drivers who don’t respect the bike lanes.
The citations include $120 fines.
So have the Taliban retaken Kandahar and moved on to Philadelphia? In a city as crime ridden as Philly isn't there bigger fish to fry than disrespectful bicyclists and pedestrians? Will they bring back the stock and pillory? How about the Scarlet letter?