Did I tell you guys I recently received a $270 ticket (from Officer 946030)for running a red light whilst riding my bike in Central Park at 8PM. Now, let me explain further. the park closes to traffic at 7PM, so there are no cars at that time. I was climbing up Harlem Hill and on the descent down noticed a cop car very close to me. They asked me to pull over and I did, conversation went as such:
Cop: You are going too fast
Me: Well, I race bikes and I am out here training, so I will take that as a compliment.
Cop: Do you know why we pulled you over
Me: I honestly have no idea why you pulled me over
Cop: You ran 3 red lights.
Me: But the park is closed, why would it matter?
And so on and so on. I get it, some cyclists (me included sometimes) are assholes. They almost hit pedestrians, they ride down the wrong side of the street, again, I get it. This though, this is ridiculous. I will have to pay this ticket for going through a red light at night, in a park, when there is no pedestrian or motor traffic. It is hard to live and race your bike in New York City and Central Park is our only training option during the week. This new policy is malicious and born of greed, this is never and has never been about safety. It is about easy revenue and bike racers in Central Park are the low hanging fruit.
moved today. accepting applications for help unpacking. and by help I mean please unpack for me I need a nap.
I appreciate friends who appreciate brunch.
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