LOMPOC, Calif. – The Lompoc Police Department is requiring a bicycle license for bike riders after officers said they received numerous reports of reckless riding throughout the city.
The police department said it commonly receives reports of a group of young bicyclists riding in and out of traffic dangerously, cutting off vehicles, riding throughout parking lots and blocking traffic.
"The biggest complaint that we get is on these kids riding wheelies in the middle of traffic and playing chicken with vehicles," said Sergeant Arias. "They'll ride a wheelie for a long distance of time and a vehicle is coming and they'll stay with the vehicle, and right at the last second they're swerving to miss the vehicle and the goal is to see how close you can get to a vehicle."
Police said citations will be issued to riders who continue to ride bikes illegally.
Officers recommend bicyclists go to the police department and register their bikes.