I heard a story last night of 12 cyclists getting caught in a Police sting as they rode their bikes across a pedestrian crossing through O’Connor. Each one was stopped as they rode over the crossing and were told they’d just incurred a $237 fine for not walking their bike across. The cyclists were told that the Police were at the site as a cyclist had been knocked off their bike by a car while riding over the pedestrian crossing.
Later on I was informed it was probably a training exercise as the new graduates from the Police Academy [Barton College – Ed] are doing their 2 weeks training with the Traffic section, which would fit in well with the scenario as there was one old guy doing all the talking to the cyclists and 3 young fellas (I’m told they looked about 12) taking down all the details.
I’m guessing unless the cyclists failed the attitude test they probably all got off with a verbal warning, and that there probably wasn’t an accident.
If you were on your bike and stopped in this situation would you give your real name (no ID checked) or would you give that of someone you really didn’t like? [which would be an offense and could land you in the watch house – Ed]
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[Further to that, does anyone know of any recent cyclist accidents at that location? – Ed]