Cyclists Terrorized On The Wiggle, Police Side With Angry Driver
The SFist: Cyclists Terrorized On The Wiggle, Police Side With Angry Prius Driver
The police report, on the other hand, gives a completely different story. According to Northern Station Captain Ann Mannix (who hadn't spoken with the responding officers, but reviewed the report), the driver claimed the cyclists were following him on to Scott Street and intentionally crashed in to the vehicle. (Actually, the southbound bike lane starts on Scott Street, so a cyclist turning right off Oak Street is very common. And no one wants to bike up that bitch of a hill on Oak anyway.)
By the time officers arrived on the scene “tensions were pretty heated", Mannix explained, and the different accounts get even wilder. While the police report claims a small gang of eight or nine cyclists were surrounding the Prius, "yelling and banging on it", Long and Weaver maintain their fellow bikers were there to prevent the driver from taking off.
Another biker who was on Scott Street at the time and saw the whole thing go down explained that one of the officers taking statements was less than fair with the witnesses:
When the witness tried to confirm Long and Weaver's account, the Officer Olson flat-out told him, "I don't care what you have to say."
Adding to the questionable police work, the two responding officers apparently left the scene before providing Weaver with a case number, claiming they had to move their cruiser out of traffic. Captain Mannix was unable to confirm whether they were responding to another call. According to Long, an SFPD Lieutenant explained that there won't be an investigation because, "there’s too much information on both sides for them to do anything."
Although cyclists on the Wiggle have been the target of SFPD crackdowns lately, Captain Mannix is defending her officers, who apparently don't like taking statements from riled-up cyclists. Those riled-up cyclists, on the other hand, fully intend to file a complaint. The Bike Coalition is also getting in on the action, condemning the alleged harassment and calling for more support from SFPD. Meanwhile, Long himself thinks this whole mess could have been avoided if only there were a separated bike lane on Oak Street.