In Tampa, Florida it appears that if you are a Black person riding a bicycle you are the target of a campaign by police to issue tickets for minor traffic violations. According to Michael S. Butler, a radio reporter for National Public Radio’s member station WUSF:
Records show, in the past three years, Tampa police have issued more than 2,500 tickets to bicycle riders, 80 percent going to African-Americans. That’s in a city with a black population of around 25 percent. An investigation by the Tampa Bay Times newspaper found the number of tickets issued to Tampa cyclists was more than in Miami, Jacksonville, Orlando and St. Petersburg combined. Some residents have complained of being stopped multiple times in one day
The report aired on NPR’s popular “All Things Considered” program, where Butler noted that:
Officers are giving citations to bicycle riders in high-crime areas for offenses like not following road rules and having no lights, to more obscure laws like riding hands-free.