My two wheels vs. their badges

  • Article by: SCOTT F. PARKER
  • Updated: November 23, 2013 - 4:46 PM

A bicyclist’s encounter with the police.

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myob_STNov. 23, 13 4:24 PM

Well played, sir. Well played.

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arspartzNov. 23, 13 4:40 PM

This show the folly of having a slower than normal traffic bike lane that traffic has to turn through. Bikes and traffic simply do not mix.

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bikiesterNov. 23, 13 4:51 PM

They must have quit teaching ethics in police academy. The only clowns in this parade were the police. Shame on them.

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jhb8426Nov. 23, 13 5:03 PM

Let that be a lesson tou you, young man. Don't mess wit da cops.

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supervon2Nov. 23, 13 5:07 PM

I'm glad the police were doing their job. Most of these bikers (and I DO ride bike) are self-centered and have no respect for the working people that have to use vehicles.

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cyclepsychoNov. 23, 13 5:13 PM

Sorry to say "Welcome to reality." I read many comments that are negative about cyclists and their not obeying the rules of the road. You tried to get an understanding of of the police flaunting the rules of safety and questioning their supreme authority and what did you get as a result; you are thown into the cesspool known as the legal system. Notice I didn't say justice because that is an alien concept. I don't do as much cycling as I used to here in the USA, but I don't have any reservations cycling the streets and roads in Europe because you are not looked upon as road kill. The automobile mentality in this country is scary; "I drive two-tons of American made steel with a couple of hundred of horse-powered gasoline engine so you better cut me a wide path and stay out of my way or I'll squash you like a bug." I think alot of this has to do with the false urgency we impose on our daily schedules. I took a safe driving class and the best driving advise I got was to leave 5-10 minutes early and enjoy the ride, not make it a ride of death against the clock.

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cyclepsychoNov. 23, 13 5:14 PM

Sorry to say "Welcome to reality." I read many comments that are negative about cyclists and their not obeying the rules of the road. You tried to get an understanding of of the police flaunting the rules of safety and questioning their supreme authority and what did you get as a result; you are thown into the cesspool known as the legal system. Notice I didn't say justice because that is an alien concept. I don't do as much cycling as I used to here in the USA, but I don't have any reservations cycling the streets and roads in Europe because you are not looked upon as road kill. The automobile mentality in this country is scary; "I drive two-tons of American made steel with a couple of hundred of horse-powered gasoline engine so you better cut me a wide path and stay out of my way or I'll squash you like a bug." I think alot of this has to do with the false urgency we impose on our daily schedules. I took a safe driving class and the best driving advise I got was to leave 5-10 minutes early and enjoy the ride, not make it a ride of death against the clock.

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lalahemNov. 23, 13 5:14 PM

Minneapolis cops have been training at Brownshirt U for as long as I've lived here. going on 30 years now.

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stpaulisbestNov. 23, 13 5:33 PM

The real lesson here is that no matter how you hybridize it, streets for autos and paths for bikes are a bad mix. But dedicated bike highways with separated bike "streets" between the sidewalks and the auto streets can and should work. It's ridiculous to try to integrate two forms of transportation that have wildly different characteristics. The safe and sane alternative is separation. Everything else is just angry ranting at a world that's different than how you would like it to be.

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eddie55431Nov. 23, 13 6:23 PM

Ok, since the whole regression to 1700's transportation technology thing (bikes) thing hasn't worked out for this guy, maybe he should fast forward to the latest fad in retro 1800's transportation technology and ride the light rail!

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