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Old 10-27-06, 12:43 PM   #1
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I thought this was quite funny...

Was coming home from work across the Veterans Bridge here in Cape Coral and with a 15 mph tailwind (a religious experience...)...probably doing about 23 to 25 mph......slowed down to go thru the right of the tollbooths as usual, and started to accelerate again...spotted a Cape Coral Police Car on the side of the road and a police officer jumps out to stop me....bicycles pay no tolls, while motorcycles do.....the officer jumped out, certain that she had finally bagged the motorcyclist who had been running the tollgates every night for months....I had seen him do this several times.....

As soon as she realized she had reacted to a bicycle because of the speed, she and I both started laughing.....she decided a 60 yr old fat man on a bike was not her target!
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Old 10-27-06, 01:05 PM   #2
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I know that bridge. Do you ride on the sidewalk or the roadway? IIRC, the speedlimit is 45 mph?
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I thought this was quite funny...

Was coming home from work across the Veterans Bridge here in Cape Coral and with a 15 mph tailwind (a religious experience...)...probably doing about 23 to 25 mph......slowed down to go thru the right of the tollbooths as usual, and started to accelerate again...spotted a Cape Coral Police Car on the side of the road and a police officer jumps out to stop me....bicycles pay no tolls, while motorcycles do.....the officer jumped out, certain that she had finally bagged the motorcyclist who had been running the tollgates every night for months....I had seen him do this several times.....

As soon as she realized she had reacted to a bicycle because of the speed, she and I both started laughing.....she decided a 60 yr old fat man on a bike was not her target!

And video or a photo of thatwould have been priceless.



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Old 10-27-06, 03:17 PM   #4
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I know that bridge. Do you ride on the sidewalk or the roadway? IIRC, the speedlimit is 45 mph?
In the toll area it's probably much lower.

Good story OP!
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Awesome! Now, how many times a day do you have a funny little encounter like that in a car? Never? Me, either.
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I thought this was quite funny...

As soon as she realized she had reacted to a bicycle because of the speed, she and I both started laughing.....she decided a 60 yr old fat man on a bike was not her target!
That is a good story. But don't take it to the A&S list. There it will be seen as another example of police brutality/harassment/accosting of Cyclist Nation.
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Old 10-27-06, 06:39 PM   #7
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That is a good story. But don't take it to the A&S list. There it will be seen as another example of police brutality/harassment/accosting of Cyclist Nation.
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Old 10-30-06, 10:02 AM   #8
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The Veterans bridge does not have a sidewalk, It is about 3 +/- miles from the tollbooths to the Fort Myers side of the river.....the road consists of 2 lanes of traffic at 55 mph and 1 breakdown lane for each direction....I ride in the breakdown lane. When there is a car stalled in the breakdown lane, I signal, make eye contact and take the lane to pass the stalled vehicle......usually come across 1 a week or so, although one evening there were four separate dead vehicles changing tires....looked like a construction truck had lost a bag of nails off the back of his truck...You may be thinking of the "Old US41" bridge....

In my morning commute, now that the "snowbirds" are back, the average speed is less than 25mph with the stop and go traffic.......most every morning I will "beat" the cars going thru the toll booth to the other end of the bridge....

The officer said that when she reacted and jumped out, all she saw was my helmet and shoulders moving at a good clip because her view was covered by cars at the $1 change tollbooth, so she just assumed I was the motorcyclist scofflaw that they had been trying to catch...

She also mentioned that many of the officers know me and they have remarked that I am one of the few that always wears a helmet, have rear blinkies and a strong headlight and am one of the very very few who commute over the bridge daily, rain or shine...she even knew that when I go by the Marine Memorial, I always stop pedaling, straighten up and salute.....so she certainly had seen me many times before...
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