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    • CommentAuthoraimeec
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2008
     
    hey, so a question.. i don't ride as much as i used to in the city...so help me out.

    are the cops cracking down on kids riding bikes and NOT following the 'rules of the road' as well as they should?

    -the reason i ask, is that my bf just called saying he got a written warning on mass ave for going through a red light, with about 4 other kids on bikes, on his way to school. it's the same route he goes everyday, and he's never run into that problem, because lets face it- not a whole lot of people will stop at a red light on a bike if there's no traffic. am i alone on this one?

    thanks,

    aimee
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    as far as i know, its literally only mass ave from central sq to the bridge. i got a warning too. theres a thread about it called Cambridge Cops.YO NOT EVERYBODY GOES TO EAR SCHOOL OK
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      CommentAuthorMatthew X
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2008 edited
     
    Yep, I watch it happen all the time. There's a trick here, although some people recommend against it: Just don't stop and go real fast, they most likely won't chase you, or be able to catch you. Also, what are they going to do... Take your biking license?


    but yeah I only ever see it between central and MITI wish everyone else were dead.
    • CommentAuthoraimeec
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2008
     
    banana: theres a thread about it called Cambridge Cops.


    oops, sorry!
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    If I'm not short on time, and am going from Harvard to Boston (or back), I'll usually pop over to Green St or Franklin St (run parallel to Mass Ave). These by pass the heart of Central Sq on Mass Ave, which is where I've mostly seen the the kops hanging out. They are *never* on the side streets, and I usually don't seem them (as much) closer to MIT.All you white kids look alike when you're still covered in baby fat, so I was getting bored with the non-stop WASP parade.
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      CommentAuthortravisW
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2008
     
    One time when i was going through, at that stop light in front of MIT, like the one that is just for the crosswalk. my buddy went through, and the cop walked in front of him to stop him. I was far enough behind to not make it into the cross walk. But when i went through, about 30 ft. beyond the walking cop was another cop just sitting on his motorcycle. I wouldn't want to try to out run that.boooyah
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    also, i feel like if you are just nice and apologetic they will only give a warning and since they cant check how many warnings you have...YO NOT EVERYBODY GOES TO EAR SCHOOL OK
    • CommentAuthormp050
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2008
     
    cops on mass ave are in 4 places, of varying occurrence: mit crosswalk, corner of inman and mass ave, harvard bound central sq bus stop, and less rarely at the new light between central and mit.

    if you are going so fast you dont see the cop standing in the bike lane on the other side of the light, you're probably going to end up getting hit by a car as you blow through the redlight anyways.
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      CommentAuthorbrunop
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2008
     
    they bust adults too.
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    what does that mean?YO NOT EVERYBODY GOES TO EAR SCHOOL OK
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      CommentAuthorbrunop
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2008
     
    ^yall said they were bustin' "kids".
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    ah i seeYO NOT EVERYBODY GOES TO EAR SCHOOL OK
    • CommentAuthorBrian
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2008
     
    just wondering...if you dont pay the ticket, what happens?aka: ph0to
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    ^You get subpoenaed! The ticket's only $20. If you divide that $20 by however many times you run a red light, it probably amounts to a penny per light, or less. Just pay and consider it a speed tax.Word nerd
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    or go to the hearing. the cop probs wont show.YO NOT EVERYBODY GOES TO EAR SCHOOL OK
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    ^

    The cop is not required to appear at preliminary hearings before a magistrate. What happens is you contest the ticket, and they set date and time for hearings. They call your name out, and you go before the magistrate. Someone who is appointed to represent the State (i.e. legal stunt-double for the cop who issued the ticket) will be there. He will read off the cops report (something like "On 1/1/08 I witnessed Sarah Palin ride a folding bike through a red light at intersection of Abortion St and Coathanger Ave, etc. etc.). The Magistrate will then ask what you have to say in your defense. If there is reason to think a just defense was established, the ticket will be dismissed. If not, you will be found "guilty as charged." And at that point you can appeal to a "real" court, and then the actual kop will be required to appear...and in MA, they usually show up.All you white kids look alike when you're still covered in baby fat, so I was getting bored with the non-stop WASP parade.
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      CommentAuthorRob Gigantic
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2008 edited
     
    I've done all the contested ticket business, and, trust me, it's better to pay. Especially if you're the kind of person who's prone (as I am) to forgetting when your hearing date is. What's $20 compared to 2-3 hours of your time, and even more if you have to appeal?Word nerd
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      CommentAuthorcdrebbel
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2008
     
    For us 'kids' who might not have a license, could one refuse (politely) to show it to them/pretend like you don't have one so that they have nothing to actually write you up with?Fuck yeah.
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    I feel like all this has been covered elsewhere. You are compelled by law to properly identify yourself if requested by an officer. Failure to do so could result in arrest. I've met cops just surly and prickish enough to do that to a segment of the population they see as nuisances. In other words, us.Word nerd
    • CommentAuthorChromeLugs
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2008
     
    It all has been covered elsewhere, HOWEVER(!) it's NOT true that it's only Mass ave they're covering. I got two tickets two weeks ago on broadway and hampshire. One for running a light and another for riding to endanger. He was mad because I blew through the light at hampshire and broadway... the light that just about everyone knows you can see all sides of incredibly easily. And I got the riding to endanger for crossing hampshire parallel to pedestrians jaywalking across the Hampshire side. No joke.

    So yeah, it's not just Mass Ave anymore.

    Another thing: I've seen a cop sitting at Ames and Broadway in the AM rush hour just hanging out in his cruiser. Watch that too.I prefer 49x16
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    i can't understand why anyone would worry about it? is it really that difficult to run? (not that i'd encourage that sort of behavior, but it can't be hard at all.)You're purposefully attempting to sabotage my degree project. Thanks.
    • CommentAuthorcindierock
    • CommentTimeSep 17th 2008 edited
     
    someone needs to try the crying uncontrolably when the cop makes you stop ... because that would be my tactic, but i don't know if it would work
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    ^ sounds like a plan. my friend did that in high school when she was speeding and it was too late for her to be driving (theres an age curfew in MA) and she had to visit colleges the next day AND she was high. totally worked. on that note, driving high not such a good idea.YO NOT EVERYBODY GOES TO EAR SCHOOL OK
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      CommentAuthormur
    • CommentTimeSep 17th 2008
     
    just don't try the crying tactic if you have a penis. it won't work.






    trust me.~(..,)~ (oYo) make whoopee not war (oYo) ~(..,)~
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      CommentAuthorMatthew X
    • CommentTimeSep 17th 2008
     
    Best "getting out of a ticket" story I ever heard was when a friend of mine (who is straight) acted all distraught and told the cop he just got in a huge fight with his boyfriend. The cop felt so awkward, he just let him go. He was speeding 30mph over the speed limit...I wish everyone else were dead.
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    I have a friend who once got out of a ticket by yelling at the cop that she had to deliver her sister's AIDS medication immediately. She berated the officer, then told him he was wasting her time, and just drove off.Word nerd
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      CommentAuthortone
    • CommentTimeSep 17th 2008
     
    Once got pulled over flying down Rt. 2 trying to get to last call when coming back from the Pornos for Pyros show in Fitchburg. Pass the sobriety test and the cops asks if we've been smoking any weed tonight. I say "No, we couldn't find any.", he responds "Good answer." He lets me/us go with a warning and after we get back on the road my friend points out the roach on the dashboard in plain view... Ahh, the good old daysWe are the small axe.
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    Matthew:Best "getting out of a ticket" story I ever heard was when a friend of mine (who is straight) acted all distraught and told the cop he just got in a huge fight with his boyfriend. The cop felt so awkward, he just let him go. He was speeding 30mph over the speed limit...


    Rob Gigantic:I have a friend who once got out of a ticket by yelling at the cop that she had to deliver her sister's AIDS medication immediately. She berated the officer, then told him he was wasting her time, and just drove off.


    beautiful. i love america.YO NOT EVERYBODY GOES TO EAR SCHOOL OK
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      CommentAuthorlukwam
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2008
     
    • CommentAuthorblitzgreeg
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2008
     
    i saw someone on their bike yesterday in harvard square by brattle st getting a ticket from a cop. not sure what they were doing but the cop didnt look too happy
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      CommentAuthorMatthew X
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2008
     
    lukwam:http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2008/09/26/cyclists_pedal_into_arms_of_the_law/


    I've seen that guy at the midnight rides before.I wish everyone else were dead.
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    lukwam:http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2008/09/26/cyclists_pedal_into_arms_of_the_law/


    "Not so in Cambridge, where cyclists are increasingly being cited for any of dozens of violations, from running red lights or failing to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks to riding at night without a headlight."

    Your supposed to have a headlight? I had no idea.All you white kids look alike when you're still covered in baby fat, so I was getting bored with the non-stop WASP parade.
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    bahaha i know mike. he got a ticket?! thas hilarity. he'll probably make it into a piece of 'not-art'.
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    "Only in Cambridge," chuckled Sampson, the former chief of the Shrewsbury police.


    that guy's a jerk.

    "some people don't care. They're going to take their chances, look out to see if there's an officer, and then they'll just skedaddle."
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      CommentAuthordeadbolt
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2008 edited
     
    qu'est-ce que c'est "skedaddle"

    and also: "Cambridge started ticketing cyclists in 1996 to send a message that "bicycling is being taken seriously as a form of transportation," Seiderman said."

    yeah bicycling is being taken seriously as a form of transportation. MY ASS. so what about all the roads without bike lanes? in those cases that means we're allowed to take up a full lane of traffic if we want right? yet when we do we're nearly killed or run off the road. or screamed at. or mooned. it's a never ending battle.
    also- if i had a nickle for every time someone's screamed at me/us to "get on the sidewalk" i'd be paying rent with it. but then you've got the people who complain that cyclists are on the sidewalk(which is correct, they shouldn't be) but still! it's ridiculous! no one's ever satisfied.Mattia: "I don''t usually watch porn with pickaxe, but when I do it, I make sure to be on the right website"
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      CommentAuthor49teeth
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2008 edited
     
     
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    ^ I LOVE these people. Usually on hybrids. Seat way too low. Helmet totally doesn't fit. Way too loose, perched up high, off to one side, backwards, etc. Or the rollerbladers who wear wrists guards on the wrong hand, have the elbow pads upside down, and on their knees. I always want to stage an intervention, but I know it just wouldn't come across as diplomacy. Thus, I'll just snicker to myself instead.All you white kids look alike when you're still covered in baby fat, so I was getting bored with the non-stop WASP parade.
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      CommentAuthordirty bird
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2008
     
    more like tickets for bicyclists are being taken seriously as a source of income for the city, and bicyclists are being taken seriously as an inherently unstable segment of the population, potentially dangerous to themselves and others, seeing as how they insist on playing in traffic on what are obviously Kid's Toys! I mean, come on - what normal adult actually chooses bikes over cars?

    </bitter>
    • CommentAuthoraztec_b
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2008
     
    i got a warning at inman sq early in the morning last tuesday just for running a red light going a half a mile an hour looking both ways ,but i forgot i was in C A M B R I D G E ! ! ! !!!! !!!! !!!
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    I love how the cops will be there ticketing people at MIT right in front of two semi trucks and a tourist bus parked in the bike lane.

    Its lovely.

    My plan: slow down enough that I can see if there are cops and then go through if there aren't.

    But then again, if there's a semi parked in the bike lane its tough to see around the corner.
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    i have never seen a cop at that crosswalk.You're purposefully attempting to sabotage my degree project. Thanks.
    • CommentAuthorkeepitreal
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2008
     
    conor!:i have never seen a cop at that crosswalk.


    because you were too busy crashing a demo bike into the curb
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      CommentAuthorMorgie
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2008
     
    keepitreal:
    conor!:i have never seen a cop at that crosswalk.


    because you were too busy crashing a demo bike into the curb





    BWHA HAHA HAHA HAHA HAHA
    • CommentAuthorblitzgreeg
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2008
     
    ^ouch, that was cold
    • CommentAuthorblitzgreeg
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2008
     
    i saw 2 bike cops giving another ticket at the mass ave and brattle st intersection again this morning. and again i dont know what the reason was.
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    ^ thanks. I' through there a lot and ain't seen them yet. Will keep an eye out from now on.All you white kids look alike when you're still covered in baby fat, so I was getting bored with the non-stop WASP parade.
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      CommentAuthorPanameM
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2008
     
    usually the bike cops are the boggest assholes and dicks around.

    the first one that stopped me a while ago was certifiably insane.
    normal cops though are usually nice, surprisingly.
    one opened up a closed street so i could go through faster. last week one was really nice, and clearly bored, but overall really nice. its sucks that most cops arent that way though.snow
    • CommentAuthorcindierock
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2008
     
    PanameM:usually the bike cops are the boggest assholes and dicks around.

    the first one that stopped me a while ago was certifiably insane.
    normal cops though are usually nice, surprisingly.
    one opened up a closed street so i could go through faster. last week one was really nice, and clearly bored, but overall really nice. its sucks that most cops arent that way though.


    i agree that there are some really nice cops. i wiped out in the rain on the T tracks and got driven home by the BPD that heard my shriek. they seemed generally concerned and wanted to get me an ambulance, but I just needed a ride home. the funniest was hearing them radio to their dispatcher that they were "assisting a female cyclist".
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    chr|s sedition:^ thanks. I' through there a lot and ain't seen them yet. Will keep an eye out from now on.


    me, too! i'm actually skeptical to their realness.You're purposefully attempting to sabotage my degree project. Thanks.
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      CommentAuthordrags
    • CommentTimeOct 1st 2008
     
    In the past 2 weeks I've seen cop cars parked at the corner of mass and western, mass and prospect, mass and main, main and something (ames I think?)

    What I had to ask myself this morning is.. if Cambridge is viewing bicycling as a valid form of transportation, then why in the 2 years I've been riding up and down mass ave every working day have I never seen a double or illegally park car in the bike lane getting ticketed or towed?

    I would love to cry foul and say cops are targeting bikers for the money (DOWN WITH THE MAN), but parking half in a bike lane and half in the bus stop in front of wendy's has got to net more than a $20 ticket.

    What the fuck gives cambridge?cdrebbel: STOP TYPING 'BREAKS' YOU FUCKTARDS. YOU HAVE NO CREDIBILITY.