Coming down the WB foot/bike path there's a cop at the bottom, hanging out in the car. As everyone knows it's a very steep, short path that immediately empties out into traffic. But generally it's not too busy and you can avoid the sidewalk (which it's illegal to ride on anyway) to merge onto Bedford. And the cop is totally blocking the street or any space you would need to avoid pedestrians (like the parade of drunk santas walking home from santacon)
It's a disaster waiting to happen. Beyond the argument for riding fixed, brakeless -whatever here's the conversation: I have to ask repeatedly for him to roll down his window. When he does I explain that he's blocking the street and that it's a very narrow turn and he's endangering cyclists. "So go slower."
I respond again that you can't always control that, especuially if you're inexperienced and that the path is very steep. "Yeah, well that's what brakes are for." Forget trying to explain brakeless fixed gears and williamsburg, so I say again that some riders will have old brakes, that wet weather makes brakes useless anyway.
I point out that people are all over the place and that there is no manuvering room of anykind and that if he stays there, something will happen. "Excellent, thanks." And he rolls up the window again to get me to move so he can continue doing nothing.
Is he overweight?
Does he move the car at all?
I can't begin to list the number of times that cops have caused incidents, problems or just harrassed cyclists. Cops on bikes are a total joke; they're fat, slow and only for show anyway. I have NEVER been helped or assisted in anyway by a police officer though I've been in plenty of accidents and such that would have been *GREAT* to have someone help when a car has tried to kill me or someone else.
What are they good for?