ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Plenty of bicyclists follow the rules of the road, but police said there are also plenty who don’t.
“Our two most recent fatalities involving bicyclists were actually bicyclist error,” said Officer Tanner Tixier with the Albuquerque Police Department. “No error of the driver of the vehicle at all.”
Last August, a bicyclist was killed in a deadly crash near Broadway and MLK. Police said the driver had a green light. The bicyclist was in the crosswalk and went against the do not cross signal.
“They’re mandated to follow the rules of the road as well,” said Officer Tixier.
According to APD, just like cars, some bicyclists disregard traffic signals too.
KRQE News 13 stood at the intersection of Silver and Richmond on Bicycle Boulevard and saw rider after rider run the four way stop.
Frequent rider Steve Mathias said this is all too common.
“It’s a free for all,” said Mathias.
APD said they don’t usually ticket riders, mainly because of under-staffing and more pressing issues around the city.
“The violation on the bicyclist has to be pretty gross for us to go ahead and pull them over and cite them,” said Officer Tixier.
Police said both riders and drivers need to follow the rules of the road.
Mathias agrees. “If you want car drivers to follow the law, we should follow the laws too,” said Mathias.
A recent study found that New Mexico was the second deadliest state for bicyclists, following only Florida.