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jks84 04-15-11 06:12 AM

Woman ticketed for carrying a tote on her bike
 
I found this to be quite unbelievable

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/m...lMXoSRmsH4GagN

Sandlotje 04-15-11 06:20 AM

That's absurd. I'm sure she'll win her fight because that is absolutely rediculous. The cop could have at least let her off with a warning. He must've just had nothing else to do other than write abstract tickets. Those are the cops that make your days miserable.

Dan The Man 04-15-11 07:02 AM

NYPD have got a hard on for cyclists

Mr IGH 04-15-11 07:23 AM

It's a Bicycle Blue Flu. The cops are cracking down in NYC in response to the settlement and firing from last year's Critcal Mass incident.

rumrunn6 04-15-11 07:42 AM

wish I had the 1915? picture of my grandfather carrying a case of grapes with one arm on a single speed bike in The Bronx. while the ticket is a bit much I would never personally carry anything like that. I'm a big fan of the rear rack and everyone in my family has one. that's 4 bikes for me; two for the wife; and each of two kids. 8 bikes; 8 rear racks. simple and safe.

edit: hmmm ... just looked at the picture a second time and i see she does have a rear rack. looks like all she needs is a bungee cord.

itsthewoo 04-15-11 08:06 AM


Originally Posted by Mr IGH (Post 12510185)
It's a Bicycle Blue Flu. The cops are cracking down in NYC in response to the settlement and firing from last year's Critcal Mass incident.

Further cementing the argument that CM increases the wrong kind of bicycle awareness.

Elkhound 04-15-11 08:17 AM

That helmet won't do her much good in a fall pushed back like that, and those shoes unless she gets some toe-clips are going to be slipping around on the pedals. And why is she riding on the sidewalk? Sidewalks are for pedestrians; bicycles are vehicles.

Elkhound 04-15-11 08:18 AM


Originally Posted by itsthewoo (Post 12510403)
Further cementing the argument that CM increases the wrong kind of bicycle awareness.


Did you actually see the clip of the incident? The young man was riding along, minding his own business, and the officer attacked him without warning or provocation. "Asault under Cover of Authority", I believe is the legal term.

bike_boy 04-15-11 08:27 AM

Not only is she on the sidewalk with helmet tipped back, but she has no child seat or trailer on her folder bike to carry her 4 yr. old; according to article she was heading to the child's school.

...But, maybe that is what the tote is for... :eek:

itsthewoo 04-15-11 08:34 AM


Originally Posted by Elkhound (Post 12510457)
Did you actually see the clip of the incident? The young man was riding along, minding his own business, and the officer attacked him without warning or provocation. "Asault under Cover of Authority", I believe is the legal term.

No, I did not see that clip. The way the post was worded, it gave me the impression that the police are now reacting to something that the CMers did. Either way, I still strongly disagree with CM.

ace587 04-15-11 08:38 AM


Originally Posted by bike_boy (Post 12510497)
Not only is she on the sidewalk with helmet tipped back, but she has no child seat or trailer on her folder bike to carry her 4 yr. old; according to article she was heading to the child's school.

...But, maybe that is what the tote is for... :eek:

my thoughts exactly

Jtgyk 04-15-11 09:00 AM


Originally Posted by bike_boy (Post 12510497)
Not only is she on the sidewalk(perhaps at request of the photographer...easier to take pic out of traffic) with helmet tipped back (photographer wants to reveal face?), but she has no child seat or trailer on her folder bike to carry her 4 yr. old; according to article she was heading to the child's school. (ok...I got nothing. Perhaps bike is not configured as it was on that particular day?)

...But, maybe that is what the tote is for... :eek:

Just playing Devil's Advocate...remarks in blue.

chipcom 04-15-11 09:01 AM


Originally Posted by bike_boy (Post 12510497)
Not only is she on the sidewalk with helmet tipped back, but she has no child seat or trailer on her folder bike to carry her 4 yr. old; according to article she was heading to the child's school.

...But, maybe that is what the tote is for... :eek:

I doubt the shot was taken when the incident happened. Another possibility is that she drives her kid to school with the bike on a rack, parks there and rides her bike to work, then rides back, gets the kid and drives home. You know what they say about assumptions. ;)

sggoodri 04-15-11 09:49 AM


Originally Posted by chipcom (Post 12510682)
Another possibility is that she drives her kid to school with the bike on a rack, parks there and rides her bike to work, then rides back, gets the kid and drives home. You know what they say about assumptions. ;)

Or she might walk home with her kid, or take transit with her kid, since it's a folder.

sggoodri 04-15-11 09:53 AM

Gothamist picked it up.
http://gothamist.com/2011/04/15/cop_...hanging_to.php

chipcom 04-15-11 09:54 AM


Originally Posted by sggoodri (Post 12510885)
Or she might walk home with her kid, or take transit with her kid, since it's a folder.

Good catch...I didn't get past checking out her bod. :innocent:

jks84 04-15-11 09:57 AM


Originally Posted by bike_boy (Post 12510497)
Not only is she on the sidewalk with helmet tipped back, but she has no child seat or trailer on her folder bike to carry her 4 yr. old; according to article she was heading to the child's school.

...But, maybe that is what the tote is for... :eek:

This photo was obviously after the incident, not when it happened. So she probably just threw a helmet on and posed on the sidewalk. It doesn't mean this is the way she was the day it happened.

colleen c 04-15-11 10:01 AM

Sorry folks but I think ya got it all wrong. The Tote bag was politcally incorrect and that's why she got the ticket. To avoid the ticket, she should have had a plastic grocery bag on her handlebar. :lol:

colleen c 04-15-11 10:10 AM


Originally Posted by chipcom (Post 12510908)
Good catch...I didn't get past checking out her bod. :innocent:

It just occured to me that lots of folks did notice her rack! :)

jfowler85 04-15-11 10:13 AM


Originally Posted by jks84 (Post 12509928)
I found this to be quite unbelievable

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/m...lMXoSRmsH4GagN

That is a pretty dumb ticket, and I'm sure the citing officer felt good about himself when he bragged about it in the locker room at work, but:

keeping up to date with local laws and following them = sure way of not getting hit with a stupid ticket. Cops will do what cops want to do; saw a guy get pulled over in Laramie, WY for riding in the gutter (the cop blocked an active intersection to get him as if he was hauling booty from a ship raid or something...), which I do every day when the bike lane ends on my commute to school. Following local laws would have prevented that though, as well as the purse thing.

jfowler85 04-15-11 10:16 AM


Originally Posted by Dan The Man (Post 12510096)
NYPD have got a hard on for cyclists

lol! haven't heard that since i left base!

jfowler85 04-15-11 10:18 AM


Originally Posted by chipcom (Post 12510908)
Good catch...I didn't get past checking out her bod. :innocent:

yuck. btw alex jones called, he wants his bageant quote back...jk.

Standalone 04-15-11 10:35 AM

I used to teach in one of those upper east side private schools. Recalling how it was among those rarified circles, I imagine how people are talking about this one!!!

chipcom 04-15-11 10:36 AM


Originally Posted by jfowler85 (Post 12511037)
yuck. btw alex jones called, he wants his bageant quote back...jk.

alex jones is a loony toon....tell him to bite me. :p

prathmann 04-15-11 10:42 AM


Originally Posted by jfowler85 (Post 12511006)
That is a pretty dumb ticket, and I'm sure the citing officer felt good about himself when he bragged about it in the locker room at work, but:

keeping up to date with local laws and following them = sure way of not getting hit with a stupid ticket.

How is that supposed to help in this case where the cop writing the ticket is reported to have admitted that it would be thrown out in court and the police department spokesman said it shouldn't have been issued in the first place since there's no law against how she was riding.

If the police officer is really writing tickets that he knows will be thrown out as unjustified then he should be fired.


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