The South Florida Bike Coalition met with Sunrise Chief of Police Brooks and other ranking officers today to discuss better, safer bicycling in one of Florida’s largest cities.
The meeting was the result of Bike Coalition outreach to Sunrise police and policy makers following the recent fatal collision that killed a man riding his bicycle on Flamingo Road. We were impressed by how quickly the Chief himself responded to our request for a formal response and we appreciated his invitation to meet with him and key staff at their Headquarters. The Chief himself, who was at the scene after the crash, told us that the investigation is ongoing but that they were taking every step to determine what may have caused it, including buying a bike light like the one used by the victim and simulating the conditions of the incident. While we were not given extensive details, it was clear that this Police Department values both our concerns and transparency in general. They will be sure to show us their final incident report once it does come out. The point here is that we’re having this conversation and that Sunrise PD is demonstrably open to engaging people who bicycle to make the city safer.
Further, the officers listened to our concerns about what we feel is a lack of ongoing bicycle/traffic education among police across South Florida. Since Sunrise PD is already proactive on children’s bike education, Bike Patrols and traffic safety in general, why not take that even further? Results: upcoming face time with patrols, a nighttime bike rodeo in August (and maybe also in March) and a partnership that we hope to replicate across the 100+ PDs in South Florida.
The Bike Coalition believes that more police should ride bicycles -whether on the job or not – for the special viewpoint people on bikes have for traffic and their community.
The Bike Coalition will be working with Sunrise PD to expand ongoing bicycle education opportunities for their officers and the community they serve. We’ll be working specifically with both the Office of Community Policing and the Captain of the patrol units.
Our thanks to Sunrise PD for their leadership and partnership. What would you ask for if you were seated in a room with your city’s Chief of Police? We want to know – we can help.
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