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Old 06-05-13, 06:18 AM   #1
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Finally...a cop when you need one!

99.999% of the problems I have with cars occur at the same place: an intersection I have come to hate and treat with extreme caution, but cannot avoid, the intersection-of-death.

The problems arise because you have a highway exit ramp on the right merging traffic with northbound-only lanes of Main St. on the left. People from the exit ramp want to move to the left across the lanes of traffic to turn left, people on the one-way road want to move right across the lanes of traffic to turn right, and people like me just want to stay in the middle lane so we can go straight. I've had cars enter my lane without seeing me, I've had cars rush up on the right and cut me off as they illegally go straight from a right-turn only lane, I've been flipped off, honked at, yelled at, had stuff thrown at me, all in this same intersection. If there was any alternative route, I'd take it, but this is the only way through.

Today, I was approaching the i-o-d and the light was red so I came to a stop. From nowhere a pickup truck came barreling through at what some might consider a somewhat excessive rate of speed, nearly ran me over as he passed way too close, ran the red, cut off traffic coming off the highway, and zipped around the corner to the right. Today, however, there was a cop sitting on the exit ramp and the lights and the siren came on and away he went after the truck. Considering how long I could hear the siren for, I'm guessing Mr. Pickup Truck didn't stop.

That was the first time, after saying over and over "Where's a cop when you need one?" that there was a cop when I needed one.
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Old 06-05-13, 06:30 AM   #2
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nice. I have had this happen when driving, but never when riding
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Old 06-05-13, 08:01 AM   #3
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I've had a cop pull up to me on the road and ask me to merge onto the sidewalk; does that count?

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Old 06-05-13, 08:35 AM   #4
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Cool story, bro.
On a sad note, Dunkin' Donuts was closed that day
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Old 06-05-13, 10:54 AM   #5
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Cool story.

I had something like that happen in my car - car whizzes past me on the freeway. Then an SUV roars past me doing the same thing. I was like "Where's the cops when you could use them??" - then the SUV turns on lights and sirens and pulls the first guy over. Was kind of awesome. :-)
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Old 06-05-13, 01:20 PM   #6
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I had a whole Grand Theft Auto scene play out in front of me once while commuting. A brand-new BMW SUV came screeching around the corner, missing me by a few feet. I noticed that the driver didn't look like someone you'd expect to be driving that sort of vehicle (it was a disheveled female crack/meth head). Then a few moments later the same BMW went roaring past me again, running a red light with at least 3 cop cars in pursuit. If only I had a camera running at the time.
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Old 06-06-13, 06:56 PM   #7
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nice. I have had this happen when driving, but never when riding
Same with me. Glad the cop went after this reckless driver.
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Old 06-06-13, 07:05 PM   #8
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They think I cannot be sober enough because I have to turn the wheel while climbing a hill at a slow speed .
and they make that judgement as a Not Being a bike rider.
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i didn't want to make a new thread for this story, but i also think it fits well in this thread: http://www.cityofknoxville.org/Press.../2013/0606.asp

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[TD="class: bodytext"]June 6, 2013 - Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero held a press conference on Third Creek Greenway in Tyson Park today to introduce the Knoxville Police Department's Parks and Greenways Patrol Unit.

Chief David Rausch has assigned the unit of nine officers, led by Sgt. Sammy Shaffer, to patrol 128 park and greenway locations within city limits. Often patrolling on bicycle through the greenways, these officers are able to reach areas within the City park system that could not be reached by police vehicle.[/TD]
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[TD="class: bodytext"]"This is a proactive effort by Chief Rausch and his staff," said Mayor Rogero. "This patrol unit ensures that with our 85-mile trail system and over 2,000 acres of park space, we have the ability to respond to emergencies even on remote trails."

The Parks and Greenways Patrol Unit duties vary by site, but include enforcing park and greenway rules as well as City ordinances, assisting injured park users, responding to neighbor's complaints, reporting safety issues for needed repairs, helping greenway users with information, and even removing graffiti with recycled paint.

"Having safe and enjoyable parks and greenways are essential to our citizens," Chief Rausch said. "The Parks and Greenways Patrol Unit will enhance the patrols that are already in place throughout the city. These efforts will no doubt have a positive impact in our community."

This past Monday, June 3, marked the one-year anniversary of the unit. During the past year, the officers have conducted more than 4,400 patrols of City parks and greenways.

"The parks and greenways community has already benefited greatly from Sgt. Shaffer and his unit's presence," said Joe Walsh, Director of Parks and Recreation. "We're excited to have them out among our parks, reinforcing the sense of safety, and ultimately improving every aspect of our facilities."

In one notable instance, an officer rescued a bicyclist who had fallen from his bike downhill and was stranded without a cell phone. The officer noticed the abandoned bike and was inspecting when he heard the bicyclist's cry for help.

The Parks and Greenways Patrol Unit has resolved several issues with ATV use on park property, which has been an ongoing issue over the years. Motorized vehicles are not permitted at City parks and greenways.

This winter, one of the unit's officers received a Lifesaving Award when he was able to prevent a reported suicide attempt because of his familiarity with the park and mobility on bicycle beyond where the officers in a patrol car could reach.

Overall, Sgt. Shaffer says their daily routines are about getting to know the park and greenway user community and serving their needs. "Our focus is high visibility to deter any issues before they occur," said Sgt. Shaffer. [/TD]
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Hmmm, given the paunch on some of these guys, I'm sure I could pass them as if they were standing still, but on the other hand, I'm not sure I could outride their taser.
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Hmmm, given the paunch on some of these guys, I'm sure I could pass them as if they were standing still, but on the other hand, I'm not sure I could outride their taser.
Those 29'ers though give them the advantage, even over speed. That, and the fact there's more than one police officer
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Hmmm, given the paunch on some of these guys, I'm sure I could pass them as if they were standing still, but on the other hand, I'm not sure I could outride their taser.
You can't outride the radio either.
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I think it may be good for perspective. A little time on the bicycle around traffic may make these guys a little more aware of what cyclists are dealing with on a daily basis.
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I've had a cop pull up to me on the road and ask me to merge onto the sidewalk; does that count?

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Just out of curiosity what did you say. I'd probably say no and end up getting arrested.
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^ not working
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darn. i don't feel like trying to fix it. it was a picture of Ponch from CHiPS!
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Just out of curiosity what did you say. I'd probably say no and end up getting arrested.
I asked if it was legal and got an affirmative (protip: It's not). So I complied - far too early in my career to risk my security clearance.

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