It's amazing to me that a citizen would be so full of themselves that they would argue bicycling law with a BIKE COP!
Now, I've argued with a cop in his personal car (he tried to order me on the sidewalk when it was piled up with plowed snow), but I think a cop on a bike might just know a thing or two about what the law says regarding bikes in traffic.
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Ya gotta love a braindead cager who argues the bicycle law with a bicycle cop. Too bad he couldn't be ticketed for stupidity.
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Then as a cyclist, you'd be crazy to live in Portland, Maine. I'm not sure if cops are doing this for emergency/on-duty reasons, but if cops are doing this for non-emergency/off-duty reasons, then I won't live there.
I don't see why that behavior would make a cyclist not want to live here. Yes, it's unfortunate that the cops don't understand all the laws, but I think that's the case in many places. In the two years I've lived here -- biking almost every day year-round -- I've only been harassed by our PD once (for riding in the middle of a narrow lane). That officer was in a car, not on a bike, and I wrote a long letter to his supervisor detailing how ignorant of the law he was. Strangely, I haven't seen him patrolling since then.
I love this quote: "I guess that’s the personality of someone who would honk like that (frequently wrong but never in doubt)."
Thanks for posting the article.
I am friends with a few bicycle mounted police officers in this town. They have gone through the same thing.
Three years ago I was on a narrow one-lane street and had a car behind me blowing the horn and threatening to run me over. Car stereo blasting at the same time. He would come up about 2 feet away from my rear tire. At the next intersection I kept middle of the lane. Hauled the shirt up over the big .45 S&W and he went silent real quick.