Massachusetts bicyclist Scott Jenney is facing the criminal charge of "disorderly person" for the crime of delaying traffic. He was followed by an off-duty Wilmington, MA police officer and later stopped by a uniformed officer. He politely cooperated. The police told him he should be no further left then a few inches away from snow banks and other obstacles on the side of the road. The same police department had previously told him to stay out of the travel lane. However, the law gives cyclists the same right to use the travel lane as motorists. Later Jenney received a notice of the Disorderly Person complaint against him in the mail. The charge has maximum penalties of a $200 fine and/or six months in prison. A scanned copy of the police report is available below.
MassBike President Paul Schimek said, "There is no legal basis for this charge. Bicyclists have the same right to use the road as motorists. If a bicyclist violates a traffic rule, he should be given a traffic ticket. But it is not a crime to ride your bike." The cyclist was not charged with any traffic violation. "Furthermore," said Schimek, "the police by their own words do not know how the traffic law applies to bicycles, even though it's very simple: bicyclists must follow the same rules as motorists."
Full story here.
And a press release.