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    What oh no they didn't incidents have you had on your bike?

    This morning I was aggressively stopped by two police officers for riding my bike with one hand while holding a cup of coffee. They made me dismount saying I had to walk. I typically ride my bike one-handed while taking one of my kids' bikes to the bus stop or a park so riding with one hand on the handlebar is part of my everyday. What's more, I was riding the wrong way in the middle of the road up a small one-way street in the neighborhood; while these guys were traffic cops they said nothing about it. It’s good to know they’re focused on the protection of coffee.

    Last December, I was written a €200 ticket for jumping a red light on my bike. With no pedestrians or cars, I approached slowly and rode through the light treating it as a caution as cyclists do universally but a cop decided to give me an early Christmas present. I'm sure other countries do this, but you have the option to pay the ticket upfront at 50% off or you can try to contest it which will result in a fee in excess of the original amount.

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    You should come with a warning label ;)

    Sometimes Le Flick have nothing better to do that skrew with the citizens.

    The theme that runs thru my reptile brain when I'm riding in traffic is "give the appearance of deferring to local law enforcement". Of course you did not see it coming so no help on that front.

    You just got unlucky that day.

    My "Farce Moment with the po po" was a few yrs. ago. Mrs. Too was out of town and I was feeling my wild oats so went out for a ride with no helment (clutch your pearls). Wouldn't you know it? A well meaning police officer stopped me and gave me a lecture on why I should be wearing a helmet. The only thing I could think of was "hope nobody gets this on video 'cuase Mrs. Too will kick my skinny arse".
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    I was given a ticket and a bench warrant was issued for riding across Central Park after 9/11- not a soul in the park, and the path I was on was routinely used by cyclists. Eventually I spent a day in court watching tax dollars wasted on prosecuting petty infractions such as sleeping on a bench and urinating in public. Luckily I spoke English or I would likely be in court still...
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    Hollis...you jaw breaking, law breaking, Lycra clad, 2-wheeled, red light running, tubular stretching, 10-speed renegade...you make Jef The Cyclist look like a choirboy.
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    You were asking for it. Coffee was just clincher.

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