Lots of Seattle residents love to ride their bicycles through the streets of the city, and a few even use their bikes as their primary mode of transportation. But Seattle bicyclists should watch out for one particular individual who could ruin their day. It's not a thug or a thief; it's an SPD cop.
Glen Mulkey began patrolling Seattle streets on his motorcycle in July of 2006. Since then, he has issued a mind-boggling 1,118 bicycling citations through the end of last year - which was about a quarter of all such tickets issued in the city during that period.
In 2014 alone, Mulkey accounted for the majority of bicycling tickets issued by Seattle police. Most of those tickets are for violations of the King County bicycling helmet law, which states that every cyclist (child or adult) must wear a helmet while on a bicycle. In fact, Mulkey signed more than 71% of all bike helmet violations that were assessed by his department last year. Each such infraction comes with a $102 fine.
, Mulkey isn't specifically assigned to any sort of bicycling violation emphasis patrol. So that implies that Mulkey, a former SPD SWAT team member, is taking the initiative to write all these cycling tickets without any specific instruction from his superiors.
In case you're wondering, one person has received the most bicycling tickets (according to the Times) who will remain nameless here, is a bicycle courier. This hair waving wonder has been slapped with a whopping 30 citations since 1990. All but five of those tickets were for riding without a helmet - and 68% of those helmet infractions were written by none other than Officer Mulkey himself.
So the next time you ride your bike around Seattle, be sure to wear your helmet - or face the possible consequences which could be meted out by Officer Mulkey.