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.