Hello from Oklahoma City
Call me Royce. I ride a plain aluminum mountain bike with cruiser tires for transportation when it's convenient, which isn't often in pedestrian/bicycle hostile place like here. I often choose NOT to ride it especially through certain municipalities because only a crackheads and myself ride bicycles in normal clothes from point A to B around here and it brings suspicion and impolite treatment from the police and anger from motorists. I do enjoy riding it though. Picked it up about two years ago in my early 30's, first bike I've owned in 20 years.
I'm at the other end of the Turner 'pike. There are a few commuters here from the OKC metro.
Endangered Serotta Rider
Welcome to BF! Ever consider visiting the problematic cop shop(s) and introducing yourself to the duty officer? Once they came to know you as the only non-crackhead wearing regular clothes and riding a bike, you might end up enjoying a problem-free cycling existence. On the other hand, if the subject “boys in blue” are a bunch of steroid-eating, over-the-top raging fascists, the problem-free cycling existence might prove to be an elusive goal... Good luck with it however it goes!
Where do you ride in OKC? i have rode all over OKC and its surrounding areas and never, ever I have been harassed by the police. I ride with several clubs also and have never heard of anybody complaining about the police.
I'm in Del City. I can cross the Reno bridge into bricktown easy enough. My friends house at Douglas and Spencer Jones Rd requires travelling through Forest Park (need I say more) and/or Midwest City where the motto on their shirt clearly states: "Obedience to Law is Liberty". Yes, I can always suggest to the Spencer PD that we call Chief Green's cell phone, I have the number handy, but I'm already angry that I have to do that and they like to beat people up for being angry. What if I didn't know Chief Green personally? It's supposed to make me feel better that because I am in the Ol Boys club I am not subject to the same treatment as others? What if they don't care and beat me up anyway? Also my aunt was a Midwest City cop, also doesn't free me to travel without interference. I'd rather not talk to cops, they don't like what I have to say and tend to use their position to decide what is OK for people to say. I wish they equally preferred not to talk to me. Clubs don't get harrassed by police, of course that hasn't been a problem for you. Construction workers do. poor people. In Spencer, Midwest City, Forest Park if you tell them you're not riding because you're poor but because you preferred this to your motorcycle OR your car OR your work truck, they just call you a liar and try to find a reason to lock you in a cage. It might help if I dressed like a power ranger, but I don't change clothes to drive to the store, what a silly thing to do.
Lets not talk about cops anymore.
Last edited by Roycerson; 03-13-14 at 06:10 PM.
I almost never got on a bike when I was living in OKC (unlike in Norman, where I biked everywhere). The one time I rode my bike back up near my parents' place in south OKC, I was honked at and got a full water bottle chucked at my head from the window of a speeding SUV...and I was riding on the sidewalk (I didn't know any better at the time). It really just didn't strike me as being a particularly bike-friendly place.