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Old Posted Feb 26, 2010, 6:31 AM
zilfondel zilfondel is offline
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Originally Posted by Steely Dan View Post

seriously? the police in portland actually pull over cyclists who break traffic laws? i've never experienced nor witnessed such a thing in chicago, and i've rolled through stop signs directly in front of squad cars before and they just look on or give a wave. bikes are invisible to the CPD, i guess they're just too busy contending with real crime to be bothered with writing up traffic tickets to cyclists.
Originally Posted by M II A II R II K View Post
And if they gave them a ticket are they going to force them to show them their ID to be able to ensure they get payment.
Yes, in fact. They will actually arrest you if you don't have some sort of ID. I'd know - I was pulled over and given a ticket about a year ago for making a California-stop, right-on-red on my bicycle. In Portland. On a bike.

$242 for failure to obey a traffic control device.

I knew a guy in Portland who was tackled by multiple PPD officers for not having a front bike light:


As for not being able to ride a bike and being well dressed? Seriously?!?!

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2009 - 15,749 | 2010 - 17,576 | 2011 - 18,257 | 2012 - 18,794
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