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Old 04-15-11, 06:12 AM
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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
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Old 04-15-11, 06:20 AM
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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.
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Old 04-15-11, 07:02 AM
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NYPD have got a hard on for cyclists
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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.
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Old 04-15-11, 07:42 AM
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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.

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Old 04-15-11, 08:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr IGH View Post
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.
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Old 04-15-11, 08:17 AM
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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.
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Old 04-15-11, 08:18 AM
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Originally Posted by itsthewoo View Post
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.
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Old 04-15-11, 08:27 AM
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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...
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Old 04-15-11, 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Elkhound View Post
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.
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Originally Posted by bike_boy View Post
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...
my thoughts exactly
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Originally Posted by bike_boy View Post
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...
Just playing Devil's Advocate...remarks in blue.
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Originally Posted by bike_boy View Post
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...
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.
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Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
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.
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Old 04-15-11, 09:53 AM
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Gothamist picked it up.
http://gothamist.com/2011/04/15/cop_...hanging_to.php
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Originally Posted by sggoodri View Post
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.
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Originally Posted by bike_boy View Post
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...
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.
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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.
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Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
Good catch...I didn't get past checking out her bod.
It just occured to me that lots of folks did notice her rack!
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Originally Posted by jks84 View Post
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.
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Originally Posted by Dan The Man View Post
NYPD have got a hard on for cyclists
lol! haven't heard that since i left base!
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Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
Good catch...I didn't get past checking out her bod.
yuck. btw alex jones called, he wants his bageant quote back...jk.
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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!!!
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Originally Posted by jfowler85 View Post
yuck. btw alex jones called, he wants his bageant quote back...jk.
alex jones is a loony toon....tell him to bite me.
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Originally Posted by jfowler85 View Post
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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