Why was I ticketed?
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Why is this supposedly bike-friendly city is giving citations to bicycle commuters? I was given a citation as I was riding my bicycle home on Wasatch Drive during my daily commute.

I had slowed down for a four-way stop, put my hands on my brakes, unclipped one shoe and shifted into an easier gear. I then looked both ways, saw there was no traffic, and so continued through the intersection.

But, hidden behind a bush, was a motorcycle policeman who saw that I had not put my foot down and, for the sake of public safety, I think, sounded his siren, pulled me over and gave me a $40 citation.

Doesn't the city have more important issues to address than giving a citation to a 62-year-old woman going slowly on a bike through an empty intersection?

Mayor Ralph Becker's push to make Salt Lake City a more bicycle-friendly community has failed miserably.

Ellen Gibson

Salt Lake City