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Old 10-27-06, 08:52 PM   #1
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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.
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Old 10-27-06, 09:11 PM   #2
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Hmm...I've never seen the ones around here out at night. But the riding sidewalk at 6mph thing is common for them...its basically the foot patrol for donut lovers from what I can tell, although I realize that going much faster they would likely not be able to actually patrol. (I apologize in advance to any bike-cop who has actually ridden in the roads or at high speeds. I salute any who have successfully caught someone while on bike)

On a lighter note, the TV bike cops in Showtime's "Weeds" series, actually had a light-bar of sorts and a small siren...they were nonetheless not taken very seriously in the show.
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Old 10-28-06, 09:26 AM   #3
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The bike cops in Toronto ride on the roads most of the time, but they do ride sidewalks and parking lots (particularly in housing projects) to get to where the action is. In general I've seen them following the laws (unless they are in hot pursuit), but of course they don't come to a complete stop at stop signs.

I know a couple and they seem like pretty nice guys - they volunteer for the cycle patrols and they are pretty sharp riders (they're trained to take people down, ride down stairs, and so on).

Many of the drug dealers seem to ride bikes in the city now - I think it's because they're faster than cars.
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Old 10-28-06, 11:52 AM   #4
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here in s nj, the bike police are the only bicyclists "allowed" by law to ride on the side-walk or agaist traffic flow. (havent seen any ticketing of domestic non vehicular bicyclsts).
i haven't noticed them out at nite either, so am not actually commenting on light-less pm bike patrol.
i have seen them many times in action downtown, have been recipiante of service after being hit (12/99).
a positive asset for this city!
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Old 10-28-06, 12:20 PM   #5
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I see bike cops occasionally at night and they usually ride the way they're supposed to. The city of Winter Haven (police) and the Polk County Sheriffs Dept has bike patrol officers and they are the real deal. Thats why I think its funny when people dont take them seriously. They find out the hard way otherwise.
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This past week I saw two campus bike cops riding without lights. It wasn't completely dark out, but I didn't seem them until I was right near them. Their black/blue jackets didn't help matters either.

Our bike cops are pretty good about riding on the road and on the right side, but they still have some work to do before their riding is 100% legal.
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