7.02.2006

YOU KNOW YOU'RE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT WHEN THEY FEEL THE NEED TO BEAT YOU UP


(Bikes VS Scooters)


(Scooters VS Bikes)


(This is an undercover cop, "What's your badge number?" "999 never you mind.")


(This is an undercover cop's hand blocking my camera while I attempt to photograph his colleague who was videotaping us)


(He got good with all the practice)


(Less than a minute in, the tickets begin)


(Two cops for one ticket, cause you never know)


(Law-abiding citizens of Critical Mass stop for a red light)


(More Critical Mass riders waiting at a red light)


(Bike lift at Derek Lake's ghost bike memorial)


(Scooter cops driving on the sidewalk, a very popular place for them during Critical Mass)


(One of my favorite examples of the bogus ticketing from the Critical Mass ride. This woman received a ticket for not having an audible signal, such as a bell or horn, on her bike. Here she displays the ticket between not one, not two, but three "audible signals" - one bell and two ladybug horns)

So June's Critical Mass has come and gone, in the typical manner to be expected in NYC nowadays. Massive harassment, bogus ticketing, and over-zealous scooter cops (heard the one about the guy being chased by FOUR scooter cops all the way to his apartment door? It's true, I saw the video). Even when the ride DOES stop for ALL red lights, it doesn't matter. That just makes it easier for them to hand out tickets for anything they can think of. Two of the tickets I looked at that night didn't even make sense. Maybe that means the recipients will get off on a technicality. . . the WTF? technicality. I could go into a recap, but our friend over at Bike Blog has already done it.

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