Have you been pulled over by the Police?

Have you been pulled over by the Police?

Post by harpe » Sun, 04 May 2008 01:21:12


Chad-

I was just in Hotlanta. I was at Stone Mountain Park on April 13th. I
didn't see you guys. I could have scored that citation for you.

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Post by bugma » Sun, 04 May 2008 01:14:27

I posted a video on youtube of one of the recent encounters we have had
with the Stone Mountain Park Police.  It was pretty civil, and we
didn't really get into any trouble, but it is funny nonetheless.  I
think if it was a bunch of 16-18 year olds the same encounter may have
been a little different.  I am sure when he got up close and realized
we were all 40+ that he didn't really know what to say.:D   As you will
see in the video.

To make it clear...  The stop sign we ride through is at an entrance to
the park.  The cars are at the ticket office and have to pull forward
about 40 yards before they are in the intersection.  We have never been
within 50 feet of any vehicle coming through that intersection.
Nothing we have done other than riding a unicycle could be considered
dangerous.  To stop at the stop sign dismount and remount, would
actually create a much more dangerous situation.  So rolling through at
2-5 miles an hour and judging our approach based on the traffic just
makes more sense.  We have been doing this the same way for 5 years.  I
typically see bicycles blow through that stop sign at 30+ miles an hour
routinely.  In all fairness when they get caught doing that the Park
Police have given them tickets recently.  

Here it is enjoy.:D

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Post by bugma » Sun, 04 May 2008 01:28:26

Quote:

> Chad-

> I was just in Hotlanta. I was at Stone Mountain Park on April 13th. I
> didn't see you guys. I could have scored that citation for you.

Damn you I say for not calling.  That alone should get you a citation.
Were you riding or site seeing.

We could have had two conservative hippies. ;-)

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Post by bugma » Sun, 04 May 2008 02:25:23

Quote:

> At least you got stopped. I recently rode through a stop sign right in
> front of a local police officer who was hiding in order to catch people
> running the stop sign.  I was sort of hoping he would stop but me but
> glad that he did not.

Does,"Your going to get audited now", get you out of anything?

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Post by Wheel Ride » Sun, 04 May 2008 02:13:53

At least you got stopped. I recently rode through a stop sign right in
front of a local police officer who was hiding in order to catch people
running the stop sign.  I was sort of hoping he would stop but me but
glad that he did not.

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Post by Stephen » Sun, 04 May 2008 02:45:07

There's a bridge near my house that is maybe a couple of hundred yards
long.  It has a wide bike lane, a concrete divider, and then a wide
sidewalk between the divider and the traffic lane.  Several years ago,
i was walking on that divider, and a cop stopped me.  That divider is
about 6" wide on top, so no big feat of balancing to walk it.  He
couldn't think of any reason that it was illegal or anything, but since
he was the man with the gun, I figured maybe I'd better not walk on it
anymore.

More recently, I was out riding around White Rock Lake on my bicycle.
They do actually patrol that area with bicycle policemen, and I hear
that lately they have even been ticketing bicyclists for excessive
speed (a lot of it is hike/bike trail, so you can run people over).
Well, a bicycle policeman in front of me stopped to talk to some
poeple, so I said "Passing on your left" and zipped on around.  He
looked around, and looked like he was going to say something, and then
thought better of it.  My impression was he was going to holler at the
punk to slow down on his roadie bike, only it was an old fat man on a
cruiser bike, and so complaing about speed didn't fit well.

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Post by Wheel Ride » Sun, 04 May 2008 03:14:47

Quote:

> Does,"Your going to get audited now", get you out of anything?

Not anymore. I retired after 31 years of IR Service. :)

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Post by johnfos » Sun, 04 May 2008 03:07:04

Quote:

> I was sort of hoping he would stop but me but glad that he did not.

I've yet to be stopped for blowing stop signs, and in fact I don't know
that I've ever seen it happening to anyone else. I think an enforcement
officer has to be pretty bored to go there, except at problem
intersections where accidents are a known issue.

The bike path I ride on also has a 15 mph speed limit. I frequently see
roadies exceeding this, but I also think they mostly are pretty
responsible riders (I hope to be able to exceed the speed limit
indefinitely before heading out to RTL).

Asking a cyclist to stop all the way when there is a clear view of all
directions of traffic seems a bit excessive, but those are the rules. I
have a few intersections I pass through which do not have good sight
angles, and I slow down a lot more for them...

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Post by bugma » Sun, 04 May 2008 03:36:13

Quote:

> Not anymore. I retired after 31 years of IR Service. :)

Good for you.  Now you have more time to read the forum and ride.:D

John, the sight angle on this stop sign is crazy.  You would have a
hard time timing it to get hit intentionally.  It is that much space.
Now if I was doing 30-40 through the intersection... different story.

He actually pulled us over 20 minutes after we ran it.  He had been
sitting in his squad car looking through the Georgia Code to find a way
to ticket us.  Must have been really bored.

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Post by Unicor » Sun, 04 May 2008 04:31:48

Actually after FLUCK I rode arounf Copenhagen quite a bit on my
Unicycle. I was stopped 3 times. Once they told me that my Unicycle was
not a bike so I could not ride in the bike lanes. The second time they
told me that I could not ride on the sidewalk and that I had to ride in
the Bike Lane. The third time they stopped me for not having a light on
my Unicycle while riding after dark. I did not get any tickets. I just
think that they were curious. Here in Israel I have been watched by
cops doing trials on park benches Statue bases and stairs of public
buildings. They seem to like watching but have never said anything. One
time I rode down a flight of stairs in front of a supermarket and 5
policemen just exited. I just missed hitting them and rode off as fast
as possible but only heard them say wow that guy is amazing!

Even security guards here have never asked me to stop doing trials on
the stairs or railings of the buildings that they guard.

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Post by bugma » Sun, 04 May 2008 10:45:11

It's nice when somebody feels it necessary to flex their power muscle
for no apparent reason other than they can.

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Post by CoreTech » Sun, 04 May 2008 10:50:22

'I've been stopped.'
(http://www.unicyclist.com/forums/showthread.php?t=65704)

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Post by peleschram » Sun, 04 May 2008 13:47:23

Quote:

> Here in Israel I have been watched by cops doing trials on park benches
> Statue bases and stairs of public buildings. They seem to like watching
> but have never said anything. One time I rode down a flight of stairs
> in front of a supermarket and 5 policemen just exited. I just missed
> hitting them and rode off as fast as possible but only heard them say
> wow that guy is amazing!

> Even security guards here have never asked me to stop doing trials on
> the stairs or railings of the buildings that they guard.

> Unicorn

Yeah... Israel is amazing when it comes to cops/security not really
caring! (of course, there are exceptions, but Israel is a very
unicycle-friendly place)

Hey, wait! Didn't we get sort of stopped at the University of
Jerusalem? Well, it was like midnight and we had two bikers with us.
I'm not sure if they asked us to not ride at all or just leave or just
not use obstacles or what not...

In any case, I've never been pulled over or anything, but I have been
asked to either not ride because there are to many people around, not
use obstacles, and maybe a few other things. But nobody has ever
bothered to get out of a cop car to tell me anything haha.

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Post by forrestunifrea » Sun, 04 May 2008 14:59:33

Quote:

> I've yet to be stopped for blowing stop signs, and in fact I don't know
> that I've ever seen it happening to anyone else. I think an enforcement
> officer has to be pretty bored to go there, except at problem
> intersections where accidents are a known issue.

> The bike path I ride on also has a 15 mph speed limit. I frequently see
> roadies exceeding this, but I also think they mostly are pretty
> responsible riders (I hope to be able to exceed the speed limit
> indefinitely before heading out to RTL).

> Asking a cyclist to stop all the way when there is a clear view of all
> directions of traffic seems a bit excessive, but those are the rules. I
> have a few intersections I pass through which do not have good sight
> angles, and I slow down a lot more for them...

Are you really supposed to stop at stop signs when riding a bicycle? I
had no idea...

I suppose it does depend on the city/state though of course.

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