Nation: No Sof t-Pedaling

The police in Richfield, Minn. (pop.50,000) have handed out no fewer than 2,500 traffic tickets this year — but not for automobile offenses. The town is a bicycle trap. Cyclists who run lights, go the wrong way on one-way streets or ride two to a bike are asking for a summons. There is no soft-pedaling. Adults pay fines up to $100; kids go to "bike court" for lectures on safe cycling.

The crackdown came after two children were killed last year on their bikes.Five cops, assigned full time to the bike beat last summer, give chase to...

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