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Old 10-31-10, 09:10 AM
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Cop blocks bike lane; issues tickets to bicyclists for not using bike lane

http://gothamist.com/2010/10/27/cop_...icket_cycl.php

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This morning I received a ticket on the corner of 14th and 1st for not riding in a bike lane. The lane was being blocked by a cop car and as I pulled around it a cop pulled me over and informed me of my infraction. About 5 or 6 other cyclists got the same treatment. The cop later moved his car so that it wasn't in the bike lane (but was now parked squarely in the turning lane).
A couple of other cyclists got pulled over, but argued with the cop that they had to leave the lane because he was parked there—those people were allowed to ride on. After pulling a bunch of us he must of realized how stupid his logic was and decided to cross to the other side of the road (where the bus lane is) and pulled a cyclist from there.
Old 10-31-10, 09:22 AM
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Re: Cop blocks bike lane; issues tickets to bicyclists for not using bike lane

After reading the article, it seems the guy who reported the incident actually got the ticket for riding on the sidewalk. But everyone else who got tickets deserved it because they were too stupid to point out the police car blocking the lane...

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Re: Cop blocks bike lane; issues tickets to bicyclists for not using bike lane

I suppose the proper thing to do would have been to get off your bicycle, walk it around the cop car, then get back on it and ride away, which sounds patently ridiculous. Someone needs to report that ignorant shit-for-a-cop. -kd5-
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Re: Cop blocks bike lane; issues tickets to bicyclists for not using bike lane

It's not like he tazed them. Sadly.

All bikes should be ticketed. This ain't Mary Poppins land. Or did she ride a carousel horse?
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Re: Cop blocks bike lane; issues tickets to bicyclists for not using bike lane

She rode an umbrella.
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Re: Cop blocks bike lane; issues tickets to bicyclists for not using bike lane

Maybe I've only seen the TV version.

Any way... this cop needs a talking to, and these tickets need to be fought.
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Re: Cop blocks bike lane; issues tickets to bicyclists for not using bike lane

Originally Posted by starman9000 View Post
She rode an umbrella.
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Re: Cop blocks bike lane; issues tickets to bicyclists for not using bike lane

Looks like he was ticketing hipsters....i care not.
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Re: Cop blocks bike lane; issues tickets to bicyclists for not using bike lane

Originally Posted by Lemmy View Post
I'd watch that.
i assumed you were the one who got her to do it.
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Re: Cop blocks bike lane; issues tickets to bicyclists for not using bike lane

The cyclists just need to do what my buddies and I did when we were in college. The police loved to ticket us for bullshit like riding in a crosswalk instead of walking our bikes across the street.

Anyway, we just told them we didn't have our drivers license or any ID on us, then gave them fake names. They'd always give us a hard time and tell us we had to have our drivers license on us at all times, etc. We'd just shrug.
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Re: Cop blocks bike lane; issues tickets to bicyclists for not using bike lane

Some people are real idiots.

If they'd just used they bike lane they wouldn't have gotten citations!!


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Re: Cop blocks bike lane; issues tickets to bicyclists for not using bike lane

Originally Posted by FiveO View Post
Some people are real idiots.

If they'd just used they bike lane they wouldn't have gotten citations!!


So, what is the "proper" solution? Walk your bike voer the cop car in the bike lane?
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Re: Cop blocks bike lane; issues tickets to bicyclists for not using bike lane

Originally Posted by starman9000 View Post
She rode an umbrella.
She rode a merry-go-round horse while holding on to it's pole.
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Re: Cop blocks bike lane; issues tickets to bicyclists for not using bike lane

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So, what is the "proper" solution? Walk your bike voer the cop car in the bike lane?
The proper solution is to follow the law and ride in the bike lane!

Has the forum lost that much sense of humor that a makes people believe I'm serious?
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Re: Cop blocks bike lane; issues tickets to bicyclists for not using bike lane

Cop blockers suck.
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Re: Cop blocks bike lane; issues tickets to bicyclists for not using bike lane

Originally Posted by OldDude View Post
So, what is the "proper" solution? Walk your bike voer the cop car in the bike lane?
Proper solution is probably to sit behind the parked cop car, and ring your little bell until he moves.
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Re: Cop blocks bike lane; issues tickets to bicyclists for not using bike lane

I heard a report about how here in Cali CHP officers are starting to ticket people on the streets in addition to the Highways. Clearly many LE agencies have stepped up the Ticket/Revenue Collecting biz in creative ways...
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Re: Cop blocks bike lane; issues tickets to bicyclists for not using bike lane

Originally Posted by FiveO View Post
Has the forum lost that much sense of humor that a makes people believe I'm serious?
I figured your face always looked like that and didn't want to make fun of your eye issue.
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Re: Cop blocks bike lane; issues tickets to bicyclists for not using bike lane

HEY!

Stop making me dance the naughty Poppins!
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Re: Cop blocks bike lane; issues tickets to bicyclists for not using bike lane

Originally Posted by Giantrobo View Post
I heard a report about how here in Cali CHP officers are starting to ticket people on the streets in addition to the Highways. Clearly many LE agencies have stepped up the Ticket/Revenue Collecting biz in creative ways...
The police departments are HURTING for money.

I've heard numerous stories recently from friends that when pulled over, the cop will ask for the driver's license from everyone in the car (regardless of the situation). I've heard of three-to-four stories in the past month where friends (and friends of friends) have gone to jail for having unpaid parking/speeding tickets, but were asked for their driver's license just by being a passenger in the car.

I've only been pulled over once and my girlfriend, who was in the car with me, didn't get asked for her driver's license. In addition, I've been pulled over due to friends at the helm of the wheel in California and nobody but the driver had to show off his license.
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Re: Cop blocks bike lane; issues tickets to bicyclists for not using bike lane

He should be ticketed for "must of."
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Re: Cop blocks bike lane; issues tickets to bicyclists for not using bike lane

Remember: cops do NOT have quotas for issuing citations. That's just a goddamn liberal myth.
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Re: Cop blocks bike lane; issues tickets to bicyclists for not using bike lane

Originally Posted by OldDude View Post
So, what is the "proper" solution? Walk your bike over the cop car in the bike lane?
They cops want everybody to pull and ET and fly over their cars.
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Re: Cop blocks bike lane; issues tickets to bicyclists for not using bike lane

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It's not like he tazed them. Sadly.
Yep. What's this world coming to?
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Re: Cop blocks bike lane; issues tickets to bicyclists for not using bike lane

Originally Posted by Mabuse View Post
Anyway, we just told them we didn't have our drivers license or any ID on us, then gave them fake names. They'd always give us a hard time and tell us we had to have our drivers license on us at all times, etc. We'd just shrug.
"If I had a drivers license, do you think I'd be riding this fucking bicycle? It's not exactly a pussy magnet, you know?"

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