Cyclist Cuffed And Issued Two Citations Is Vindicated In Court

Keeping cars and trucks moving on public roadways poses a huge challenge to the motorists using those roadways, the planners who lay them out, the workers maintaining them, and the police who patrol them.

But motor vehicles aren’t the only ones using those roadways. So too, for example, do cyclists. And they can run into their own share of problems – like this cyclist, who drew some unwanted attention from local law enforcement.

The video was posted on YouTube by a user who goes by the handle “Milkcrate the Bike Dude.” He was apparently riding with a group of other cyclists in the Rochester, New York area in mid-May when he was pulled over by police officers in a Chevy Caprice cruiser and was told he was obstructing traffic. What they didn’t know was that the citizen was well-versed in the relevant laws and regulations governing bicycle use on public roadways.

According to his description, the officers cuffed him and issued two citations, for not having a bell and adequate lighting on his bike. Two months later, after reviewing the footage captured by the bike cam and the officers’ body cams, the supervising sergeant (also a cyclist) dismissed the charges and (together with his lieutenant) reprimanded the officers. They apparently declined to apologize, though.

Of course this is just one such incident, and we’re sure there are countless more that take place every day across the United States and around the world – with or without cameras rolling. But it just goes to show that some police officers don’t always enforce the law, as they should, either due to ignorance or simply not doing their job right.

  • Christian

    As someone who sees himself as the “2PAC Of CarSScope, will say this
    “Coming quickly up the street, is the punk ass police
    The first one jumped out and said freeze
    I popped him in his knees and shot him punk please
    These cops are reminded, and get us as when we rush”

  • Paul

    While some of us may not like these cyclists and the whole share the road thing, this guy was doing nothing wrong from what I saw in the video.

    • BGM

      I’m a biker and a driver. I share the road when I’m in my car and on my bike. What I don’t do is take a lane and pedal at 10mph holding traffic and risking getting hit and ran over. That’s just entitled and stupid.

  • Six_Tymes

    both are right, and both are wrong. but both sound like ass-hats. Change The Laws Then, or go further backwards and allow horses back on the road ways also, that guy on the bicycle sure wouldn’t like horses in his way.

    • Eddie J.G.

      Horseback riders are still allowed to use the roads.

  • Nick

    pigs

  • TheBelltower

    Cyclists may be a$$holes, but cuffing them is overstepping a bit. There’s a reason god gave cars washer fluid.

  • These cops were having a bad day and someone had to pay for it.

  • javier

    dude was just begging to get arrested, what a namby pamby know it all.

    • BGM

      So this guy thinks that he has a right to be riding a bike in the middle of the road because he has some stupid law on his side. Surely that’s going to be very comforting when he’s in a wheelchair for life after being hit by a car.

      • Taking the road is far safer than weaving in and out of parked cars on the right side of the road, and is not illegal as riding on the sidewalk is. This man has every right to be exactly where he should be. Proper cycling etiquette

  • BGM

    On my way home from work today i took an exit at about 45mph. As I’m merging into another lane I barely saw a woman on a bike splitting the lane between the first and second lanes. If I or any other car hit her at that speed it’s unlikely she would have survived. Darwinism at its most basic.

  • BGM

    Anybody notice the perfectly good sidewalk, just there, begging to be used?

    • Unlike this guy in the video, riding on the sidewalk is actually a crime. Cyclists are supposed to ride in the bike lane, and in the absence of a bike lane, on the road.

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