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Old 04-13-07, 12:00 PM   #1
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Rittenhouse Park tickets [heads up]

After a really nice lunch in the park I was leaving, walking out of the park and about 20 feet from the exit. No one around at all, I swing my leg over my bike to get back to west Philly. Few seconds later at a light a bike cop is giving me a $25 ticket for riding in the park.

Yeah, I was wrong, and I have never seen someone ticketed there. I saw him there again today, so I guess he's on patrol there now. Just a heads up to watch out.
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wow, seems like they should have better things to do.
thanks for the heads up!
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Old 04-13-07, 12:28 PM   #3
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parks are for homeless people and squirrels

not bikes

get on the side walk
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Old 04-17-07, 01:01 PM   #4
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After a really nice lunch in the park I was leaving, walking out of the park and about 20 feet from the exit. No one around at all, I swing my leg over my bike to get back to west Philly. Few seconds later at a light a bike cop is giving me a $25 ticket for riding in the park.

Yeah, I was wrong, and I have never seen someone ticketed there. I saw him there again today, so I guess he's on patrol there now. Just a heads up to watch out.
noted; on nice sunny crowded spring days I often cut through RS to check out the lunchtime ...rrr..scenery. Never had a cop look twice at me. Granted I'm inching through so slowly I'm nearly trackstanding....

thanks for the warning
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they have been getting insane for the past few weeks. I saw them ticket someone for some guy playing a guitar, playing hacky sack and break dancing.
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Whoa. I rode from the se corner up to the steps at the fountain when I went to meet Ryan today. Glad I didn't get caught! Thanks for the heads up.
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I know kenny got ticketed for it already. But oh god, does this mean the drunken afternoons in rittenhouse are over?!
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they have been getting insane for the past few weeks. I saw them ticket someone for some guy playing a guitar, playing hacky sack and break dancing.
NO PLAYING IN THE PARK!!!
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Old 04-17-07, 01:14 PM   #9
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they have been getting insane for the past few weeks. I saw them ticket someone for some guy playing a guitar, playing hacky sack and break dancing.
was he doing all 3 at the same time?

seriously, is this a public park? that you can't loiter in?
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thing is though, ive also seen the same cop that ticketed people let girls go by with a warning. the cops there suck. I hope their little booth blows down.
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Old 04-17-07, 01:38 PM   #11
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No bikey in parkey. That seems fair, eh? For all you out-of-towners, it's a little one square block park that has sidewalks with benches for sitting on. Or walking on. The sidewalks, I mean. If you want to ride there's a road all the way around it. No dissing any posters, I don't like the cops doing stuff arbitrarily, but there have been times when I'm walking through the park and some ******y art student on a flat-pedal Pista cuts in front of me or a Walmart bike rider plows through and I tasted bitter rage. Maybe not bitter, but definitely not chocolatey delicious rage.
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Old 04-17-07, 01:44 PM   #12
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I got a $25 ticket for riding in the park like 9 years ago. The price has not gone up.
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yeah. I always walk my bike when I go sit there. I also hate when I almost get run over by people not paying attention. but I think its dumb they are ticketing people for having fun doing park type things.
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No bikey in parkey. That seems fair, eh? For all you out-of-towners, it's a little one square block park that has sidewalks with benches for sitting on. Or walking on. The sidewalks, I mean. If you want to ride there's a road all the way around it. No dissing any posters, I don't like the cops doing stuff arbitrarily, but there have been times when I'm walking through the park and some ******y art student on a flat-pedal Pista cuts in front of me or a Walmart bike rider plows through and I tasted bitter rage. Maybe not bitter, but definitely not chocolatey delicious rage.
Completely agree, but perhaps a more helpful response from a cop would be 'hey ****face, try not riding your bike like an ***hole, mm-kay?" Ticketing seems a bit extreme.
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Old 04-17-07, 01:52 PM   #15
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Lame. Will keep that in mind.
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I grew up in that neighborhood and used to spend a lot of time in there. At least when i was in high school, they gave tickets out for riding all the time.

In regard to the 'no playing in the park' i offer this anecdote: I remember once when i was like 6 or 7 my dad and I were having a catch on the grass and a cop came over and made us stop ('no ball playing in the park' was the reasoning).
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One of you guys gave me a heads up there like two months ago when I was riding through there. Pointed at the center and said they're being dinks about riding in the park so I should be careful.

I tend to do the "20 feet from the exit and no one around so I'll hop on and go" thing too. I'll be more careful. Buncha uptight fools..
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by exit, do you mean sidewalk at the corner, the gate, or the street?
this seems kinda crazy, but on busy days (unlike any of them this week) some what reasonable. there are a lot of kids running around in the middle of the park. 20 feet from the exit... not so much.
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yeah i got one in september, its lame, its a park and you can't play with frisbees or anything fun there so whats the point of having a park??
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what is allowed in the park
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Old 04-18-07, 05:20 AM   #21
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.......go down the shore where I grew up. They can replace the 'prohibited activities' signs with 'NO FUN ALLOWED'
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Old 04-18-07, 05:23 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by thebristolkid. Last I checked, most college campuses were firmly attached to solid earth, which, in my experience, is typically adequate for riding a bicycle upon.
damn dijos; ousted by thebristolkid?
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yeah i got one in september, its lame, its a park and you can't play with frisbees or anything fun there so whats the point of having a park??
I know what they're doing. They don't want it to be a "fun" park. They want it to be a "pleasant" park. So yeah..no fun allowed. It's supposed to be pleasant for all the uppity old rich bitties who shuffle through there with their spoiled-rotten grandchildren on pleasant Saturday afternoons. That way, they don't have to deal with scary moving things/people or noises. You can go lay on the grass where dogs have peed, sit on a bench and read a book or smell the homeless guy next to you, or sit in the center and be one of those creepy old guys who stares at young boys... BUT NO FUN!
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sitting and quietly complaining about how good the park used to be
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Okay, I have a good story related to this one... back in like November there was one day where it was basically hurricaning out, there was no one at all in the park except someone I was meeting, no one was even out on the street at all...I rode up the Northwest end and hopped off when I got near the center, the cop happened to be in his little booth and he comes up and writes me a ticket. It's raining so heavily the ticket is practically destroyed by the time I get it...he took down every last bit of info on me, assuming I wouldn't pay or that I was lying. He said, "This ticket is for five dollars". Being a smartass, I grabbed a fiver out of my pocket to "pay" him on the spot and he didn't take it (although it would have been funny if he had...kind of). He writes "$5" in the Other category on the ticket and then some code numbers. I take it to the Violations Office on Filbert the next day with my five bucks, the clerk says I have to pay in full...25 bucks? It says $5 right here. "There are no fines under $25 in Philadelphia". He repeats this verbatim, so I get the manager over, who says after reading it, "This is 25, that's not a dollar sign and a 5, that's just 25 straight up". "No, it's $5, let's contact the cop and ask, here's his info". "No...actually that's not a dollar sign, that's a seven...you owe us $75." Bull****. My fine went from 5 to 25 to 75 in a matter of minutes. So he writes me a court date for April 10th. On the internet, if you print out city code, the fine is to be NO MORE THAN THREE (3) DOLLARS. My fine got dropped within minutes. It's funny, I wasn't even debating I did something wrong (I did), I just wanted clarification that I definitely didn't owe 75 and I don't think I owe 25 either.

Lesson for those that didn't read the paragraph above: Fight this ticket and print out the excerpt online that states it's a maximum of a $3.00 fine and you're good to go. It'll get dropped. I rule.
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