While I concede that this may be a common sight in other areas, here in conservative London, Ontario this was a new one to me: I was sitting on a bench by the playground while my son clambered on the climbers, when I saw a couple of uniformed cyclists go by on the MUP. Spotting what could only be "POLICE" in big white letters on the back of their shirts, I thought to myself that it feels good to know that our MUPs are being patrolled.
As my son and I started for home I began to wonder if we would run into the cops coming back the other way. No sooner did the thought cross my mind that we almost did just that... literally.
There is a line painted down the middle of the MUP to separate traffic traveling in different directions, and as we rounded a blind curve, Cop#1 was in the oncoming lane and was looking down at what I assumed was a cell phone. I got on the binders and avoided a collision as we swerved in opposite directions. I'm glad I was cruising with my son, hauling him on his Trail-a-Bike instead of being out on a high-speed fitness ride on one of my faster bikes.
As we passed I heard a garbled voice that sounded like it was coming from a two-way radio. Instead of coming from a mike clipped to the cop's shoulder I thought he must of had his cell on "speakerphone" mode. In any case, even if he was using a two-way, he was obviously distracted by the device he was holding in his hand. I'm just glad we avoided a collision.
I welcome the presence of bike cops on the MUP, I just hope they keep their eyes on the road as they do their job... and pull over for cell phone use.