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Do we have to obey the speed limit ???

Old 07-03-04, 06:54 PM
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Just curious . Can people who ride get tickets ?
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Been blowing bye some police cars and Im wondering bwhahahahaahhh
ps Ive allready been told I have to walk my bike in both local park parking lots . Meanwhile cars drive in and out . Once I got pissed off and ignored the security guard . He couldnt catch me and the other I went on a oil war rant lol
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Old 07-03-04, 08:41 PM
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Yes. I got put for speeding, and got a writen warning. You have to obey all motor laws when on the road.
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Old 07-03-04, 09:03 PM
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Originally Posted by dwatson
Yes. I got put for speeding, and got a writen warning. You have to obey all motor laws when on the road.
What he said.
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Old 07-03-04, 09:53 PM
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if i get ticketed for breaking the speed limit, i will have smile on my face the whole time and will brag about it for as long as someone will listen. i just think it's a funny concept.

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Old 07-04-04, 03:48 AM
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Well, it can happen. Usually it is not much of a possibility. Generally the lowest speed limit I see is 25 mph. I have asked police officers about speed limits and most say they will not ticket someone unless they are going 10 mph over the speed limit. That means that on a bike you have to be going 35 mph to be even considered and I bet a sprint would not be counted. Around here, I only see 25 mph speed limits in residential areas. Out in the country and on any roads where 35 mph is any possibility the speed limits are usually 35 mph-55 mph. Also I am in FL and the constabulary around here seems to think that bicycles are below their dignity to fool with. They must have some sort of size limit or something.

Now I have known a few people who got ticketted for rolling through red lights. I don't know anyone who got ticketted for going through a stop sign though.
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Old 07-04-04, 06:29 AM
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If you hav'nt got a bike computer how would you know? & would that be a valid excuse to challenge a speeding ticket ?
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Old 07-04-04, 09:09 AM
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Ignorance of the law doesn't mean you are not governed by them
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Old 07-04-04, 11:59 PM
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how about... officer, i dont have a license, thats why im riding a bycicle. how in the hell is he going to ticket you then, you cant be expected to obey the laws you arent familiar with becuase you havent been properly trained to know what all the signs mean and all that. for all he knows you cant read. now... i know pretending to be ignorant isnt the answer, but im sure some of you will try anything to beat a ticket
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Old 07-05-04, 04:34 AM
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Not when they aint, or aint lookin'. Ride on.
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Old 07-05-04, 04:53 AM
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Also, above say..40, things are very serious.

NO bikes you do'nt personally check, and have done.

ALSO..by increments, bikes have 'harmonies' a specific rate of vibration that oscillates.
(Not sure what speed guys call it.)

High speed on a bike is SERIOUSLY dangerous.

When\ if your bike 'oscillates @ 50+ you better know what to do, and be protected if not.

Easily Die.

You brakes can fail, destroyed slowing.

Don't be stupid, slow down.

Or do controll runs.
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Old 07-05-04, 05:05 AM
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Originally Posted by craigm1841
how about... officer, i dont have a license, thats why im riding a bycicle. how in the hell is he going to ticket you then, you cant be expected to obey the laws you arent familiar with becuase you havent been properly trained to know what all the signs mean and all that. for all he knows you cant read. now... i know pretending to be ignorant isnt the answer, but im sure some of you will try anything to beat a ticket
Yes you are expected to obey laws you are not familiar with and have not been trained about. Even if you can not read, are color blind, are mentally handicapped, have no drivers license, or have no computer on your bike, you are to obey the laws and can indeed get a ticket. It is your responsibility you know the laws, not their responsibility to teach them to you. And of course when you play the ignorant card and they haul you in to fingerprint you, find out you did graduate high school and can indeed read, then you get nailed for telling a police office a lie AND for the traffic violation.

On another note, yeah if I got a speeding ticket I would frame the sucker on the wall and brag about it non-stop to everyone I saw :-)
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Old 07-05-04, 01:09 PM
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Originally Posted by craigm1841
how about... officer, i dont have a license, thats why im riding a bycicle.
It doesn't matter if you have a drivers license or not if you get caught speeding, running a red light or whatever. You can STILL get a ticket for whatever it was you did. If you claim to not have any ID on you, the police can legally detain you until your identity has been established. How popular do you think your lycra clad ass will be in the holding cell?


Originally Posted by craigm1841
how in the hell is he going to ticket you then, you cant be expected to obey the laws you arent familiar with becuase you havent been properly trained to know what all the signs mean and all that. for all he knows you cant read. now... i know pretending to be ignorant isnt the answer, but im sure some of you will try anything to beat a ticket

Every time a cop stops someone, they hear every excuse in the book. Instead of pretending to be stupid and ignorant to beat the ticket, do something novel, tell the truth. "Yes officer I know I was speeding. I was trying to see how fast I could get going on this stretch of road." Cops appreciate the truth and they treat you with more respect when they know you're being truthful.
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Old 07-05-04, 02:41 PM
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So what do you do when your bike oscillates? Other than clench your ass.
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Old 07-05-04, 05:47 PM
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Originally Posted by MKRG
So what do you do when your bike oscillates? Other than clench your ass.

Had it happen on a specialized hybird once . All u can do is hope its your lucky day . I did a 10 percent grade climb and on the way down I know I was over 45 . The people in the cars were cheering as the tears in my eyes blurred my vision . Now , I use my brakes on the down hills before I reach 40 . But on flats , the hell with it , u dont need your brakes as much . bwhahahahaahhahahah
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Old 07-06-04, 02:06 AM
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Originally Posted by MKRG
So what do you do when your bike oscillates? Other than clench your ass.
Dont use your knees.
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Old 07-06-04, 04:04 AM
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Jeeeze!!! No offense- but reading these 'excuses' bothers me.
Seems to me that if we expect 'cars' to obey the rules of the roads, shouldn't we be expected to do the same.
Something basic is wrong here.
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Old 07-06-04, 10:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Trek Rider
"Yes officer I know I was speeding. I was trying to see how fast I could get going on this stretch of road." Cops appreciate the truth and they treat you with more respect when they know you're being truthful.
Usually that is the best approace. I was warned on the parkway and almost got on here on base. FYI, a ticket on a federal reserve (park mil base) is a federal offense not a state and those judges do not take kindly to any excuse.

Had a Col's wife complaining about one of our sprint points where they clocked us at 35 in a 25. The dude was cool and gave us a warining and then offered to clock the next sprint for us
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Old 07-06-04, 10:59 AM
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It would be cool to get a ticket for speeding on a bicycle, but it wouldn't be cool when the insurance company sees a speeding ticket on your driver's license.
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I would as it is the law.

The only time its an issue for me is in the two 15mph school zones I ride thru every morning. I admit I sometime go 16-17mph, but conciously keep it well below my normal 22mph speed.

I was actually passed in one of those school zones while was going 15mph. I usually fully take the lane (ride in the center of lane) and this tool passed me while they were straddling the centerline and had to cut quickly in front of me as there was a temporary "SCHOOL ZONE 15mph" sign standing on the center line. I so wish the police had been there then - they must have been going at least 25mph.

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Old 07-11-04, 12:09 PM
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Shouldn't the speed limit for bikes be higher than the limit for cars since their stopping distance is shorter, their momentum is significantly less, and their pilots typically more attentive?
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Originally Posted by pletcgm
It would be cool to get a ticket for speeding on a bicycle, but it wouldn't be cool when the insurance company sees a speeding ticket on your driver's license.

A speeding ticket on a bike will not reflect on your driver's license. At least none that I have known have had it show on their insurance. It's a completely different type of violation.

I once was riding my bike on a city ride we always do. A company that was doing valet parking had put up some barrels with a chain between them, but it was dusk and we couldn't see them until I was right on them. I hit it and one of the workers was parked their in his car watching his fancy in car TV when I drug that chain right up the back of his car, I endoed and ended up on the ground, but his car was a mess. Anyway, the police came and we had to fill out a report. The cop was laughing the whole time, asking me the make and model of my "car" and my license number, which I didn't have at the time. My little "accident" didn't show up on my insurance. Also, just so you know, it was deemed the fault of the businees because they did not have proper markers on the chains to make them visible to drivers and pedestrians in dark conditions.
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Old 07-11-04, 08:31 PM
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just get a regular ID card, and present it in lieu of a DL when asked...that is if your state doesnt tie the two numbers together.
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Originally Posted by gastrocnemius
Shouldn't the speed limit for bikes be higher than the limit for cars since their stopping distance is shorter, their momentum is significantly less, and their pilots typically more attentive?

I maybe wrong , But road bikes really dont stop well if your really moving . If you need to stop fast and your going fast its my oppinion that is a safty hazard . Youd hit the ground .
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Originally Posted by catatonic
just get a regular ID card, and present it in lieu of a DL when asked...that is if your state doesnt tie the two numbers together.
That's what I did
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Originally Posted by pletcgm
It would be cool to get a ticket for speeding on a bicycle, but it wouldn't be cool when the insurance company sees a speeding ticket on your driver's license.
You don't even have to have a driver's license, or for that matter insurance, to ride a bike.
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