put our Heads Together
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: southeast pennsylvania
Bikes: a mountain bike with a cargo box on the back and aero bars on the front. an old well-worn dahon folding bike
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wrong way cyclist cop
So a lot of us like to complain about the wrong way cyclists.
Tonight I had my second encounter with a uniformed "neighborhood safety officer" wrong-way cyclist. This time it was dark, and the guy had no lights on (i saw him just fine thanks to a street lamp) and was making a left turn on to a small two way street and looking in the general direction of his feet. When I saw him I was in the middle of the right lane and he was pretty much headed straight for me in my lane. I yelled "hey" and rode straight- my guess that he would swerve out of my path was right and I'm glad I didn't swerve the same way he did.
Usually these safety officers have LED blinkies, white in front and amber in rear, which are extremely bright. (I want to ask them what brand/model some time) but for some reason this guy didn't have one.
The other time i encoutered a neigborhood safety officer going the wrong way she was in the bike lane on a wide one-way street. I pulled left into one of the four vehicle lanes and said loudly as she passed, "you should know better".
When I see these safety officers riding their bikes, they're almost always on the sidewalk going about 6 miles per hour. Two of the three times I see them riding in the road, they're doing something dangerous and illegal. I hope folks who want to commute to work know better than to follow their example.