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    More Cops and Cyclists

    Taken this morning in Boulder at Broadway and Baseline. The police car is on the bike path with only the pedestrian part of the sidewalk not blocked. The officer is in the car monitoring traffic, in particular people making right turns on the red arrow.

    The question is, if the cop doesn't have his lights on, is it legal to block the bike path like this to catch traffic violators?



    PS: The orange barrels are blocking a hole and have nothing to do with the cop.
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    They sit on the crusher fine bike path that goes from town to Apple Valley all the time up here in Lyons, too.
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    Let's put a bike rack on I70.

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    you should've approached him head-on and asserted your right-of-way...



    or better yet, ride right into the hood, stunt-man style, head-on, and claim you didn't see him since no lights were on (you were obviously distracted by those orange barrels and didn't expect to find a vehicle blocking the bike lane).

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    Someone pretend to be blind and run into that car like Stevie Wonder (on a bike). Someone else take a video and both become instantly famous.

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    When I lived in California, they used to park a police trailer right in the middle of the bike lane I used to get to work. The trailer was a mobile sign that showed cars their current speed using radar. So they managed to not only endanger my life by making me ride into traffic to get around it, but also pumped me full of radiation on my way by every day.

    I notice this guy is also parked facing oncoming traffic, which would be another violation. The SF bike coalition used to give out these fake tickets bikers could put on cars, for violations like parking in bike lanes. You could ride up and put one under his wiper.

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    He is the law - RESPECT MA AUTHORITAH!!
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    There's a spot on my bike ride home that cops like to park that blocks the crosswalk so I have to go riding around them. Most of the time they sit there and stare at me like a bubba w/ the motor running. Every once and a while they will actually get out of my way.

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    The question is, if the cop doesn't have his lights on, is it legal to block the bike path like this to catch traffic violators?

    Yes. Just ask him.

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    Personally I think you should post this to the commissioner of police in your area and ask if this is all right by him. As I tell other cyclists, if you don't obey the rules of the road, how do you expect other road users to obey and respect you

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    He's trying to entrap you by making you pass him on the pedestian walk. When that happens, he'll light you up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx
    As I tell other cyclists, if you don't obey the rules of the road, how do you expect other road users to obey and respect you
    Ever get stuck at a light that only changes when a car parks over the switch? Just one more example of how rules of the road were written with automobiles, not bikes, in mind...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbabuser
    Ever get stuck at a light that only changes when a car parks over the switch? Just one more example of how rules of the road were written with automobiles, not bikes, in mind...
    Bottom line is that the politics say that bikes have to obey the laws that cars do (cheezy default) and shouldn't use ped laws in specific cases, yet the reality is there really should be a different set of rules for bikes--from peds and cars altogether...

    ..but nobody wants to go there...nobody wants to open the can of worms because it's basically already an unspoken rule that cyclists can get away with things for the most part by pushing the fringes of the rules.

    PS: I just looked at the photo again and noticed a cop on the other side of the road going the other way, it's right at the post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbabuser
    Ever get stuck at a light that only changes when a car parks over the switch? Just one more example of how rules of the road were written with automobiles, not bikes, in mind...
    Been there.

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    Bonking ... not feelin' well Yes................

    ...........sadly I have and I just sit and wait for a car to come along unless it's some early time of the morning and there are no cars around. Sometimes I just play pedestrian and hop off the bike and cross the street that way if that happens and i'ts a somewhat busy time.
    Quote Originally Posted by dbabuser
    Ever get stuck at a light that only changes when a car parks over the switch? Just one more example of how rules of the road were written with automobiles, not bikes, in mind...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbabuser
    Ever get stuck at a light that only changes when a car parks over the switch? Just one more example of how rules of the road were written with automobiles, not bikes, in mind...
    happens to me all the time on my motorcycle.

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    I've been riding that path for years and there are more idiots rolling through the light and illegally turning right than ever before. Most of them don't realize or care that they are cutting across a bike path and that the bikers, runners, and walkers have right of way and consequently there have been numerous close calls and a few accidents. Maybe this will help. Hopefully they'll move south and do the same at Broadway and Dartmouth, Table Mesa, and Darley.

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