The Medford Twp Police Department has been receiving complaints about the phenomena known as “swerving”. While you may not recognize the term, you most likely have seen it occur. “Swerving” occurs when bicyclists intentionally riding into the paths of vehicles. With the weather warming up, we felt the need to address this issue in the interest of public safety.
Medford Police routinely receive complaints of bicyclists engaging in this behavior on roadways throughout the Township. Photos and videos posted on local social media have shown large numbers of juveniles riding in the roadway, blocking traffic, and even harassing drivers. These actions not only cause unsafe conditions for drivers, but more so for the bicyclists themselves.
Anyone seen riding a bike unsafe, or inappropriately, by our officers will be addressed. Should the situation dictate, their parents will be contacted, and the juvenile could be issued traffic tickets. Bicyclists are required to obey the same rules of the road as vehicle operators, and are subject to receiving traffic tickets.
We are sending this message asking parents to speak with their children and advise them that this behavior is unacceptable and must stop. We implore you to address the potential consequences of their actions before someone is seriously injured, or worse! It is our sincere hope that we can eliminate this problem through education as opposed to enforcement. If not, we will have no choice but to strictly enforce the bicycle laws when these actions are observed.
A friendly reminder of some of laws that may be applicable:
• 39:4-10.1 – Operating a bicycle by a person under age 17 without a helmet.
• 39:4-12 – Improper / Double Riding – Riding in street while “practicing tricks or fancy
• 39:4-14.2 – Failure of bicyclist to ride to the near right side of the road as practicable.
These citations will result in municipal court appearances for the offender as well as a parent/guardian.