I’m not some kind of cop hater or lawless citizen running around screaming “Anarchy, Anarchy!” but bike cops are starting to get to me.
On the way home tonight, I saw a bike cop riding the wrong way down the middle of a four lane road of slow moving traffic, at night, with no bike light, in dark cop clothing, weaving in and out of cars checking inspection stickers to try to find some way to pull someone over to try and have a further excuse to search their entire vehicle.
Although I suppose technically the cop was “protecting the public”, he was breaking about 3 or 4 laws that I can think of right now off the top of my head and actually endangering the public in the process.
My wife even said, “Look at the idiot, oh, it’s a cop.” before she realized what was going on.
This isn’t the first time either. I’ve seen bike cops ride on sidewalks in and out of people while almost hitting a few old people as they buzz by for no apparent reason other than the cops want to ride their bikes on the sidewalk instead of the street. Hell, I can’t blame them. I would want to ride my bike on the sidewalk, too. It’s a lot safer than the street.
Guess what? Riding your bike on the sidewalk is against the law where I live. And for good reason - you might hit some old people as you buzz by them if you ride your bike on the sidewalk.
I understand the idea of the bike cop and, in principle, I agree with it. The bike cop is stealth. You can’t hear them sneaking up on you (as you walk down the sidewalk with the other old people) and they can maneuver in and out of places ordinary police cars can’t (weaving down the middle of a four lane highway of slow moving traffic in the middle of the night).
My biggest complaint about reckless bike cops is that I think they’re just getting off on it! I would be having a hell of a lot of fun riding my bike recklessly, too, but I would get tickets.