Monday, March 15, 2010
Lastly, I'd like to extend a big, hearty, "fuck you" to the Redondo Beach police department. You know that a city really doesn't have anything better to be doing when they ticket a bicycle for rolling through an intersection at a low speed (ie under 5 mph). Give me a break. How can ticketing a bicyclist be the number one priority for law enforcement on a Saturday morning? Must be nice to live in such a safe city. However, I'd like to point out that the bike path is overrun by inattentive pedestrians and their inattentive children, but you aren't ticketing them--because apparently it's LA County jurisdiction and not Redondo Beach. It's perhaps amusingly ironic that the beach-adjacent bike path in Redondo Beach is an area where the Redondo Beach police won't ticket pedestrians using said clearly marked "bike path" for walking purposes, creating a dangerous situation for bikers (as well as pedestrians), and forcing them onto the more public streets. Why is it that bike riders are essentially second class citizens? The area where we are SUPPOSED to ride is overun with inattentive pedestrians, and the areas where we end up riding because of said law-breaking scofflaw pedestrians, are inhabited by inattentive drivers. And then of course, we get the ticket? WTF? Seriously? There were no cars, or pedestrians for that matter, coming (and I happen to have a clear, unobstructed view of the intersection). Becuase it was 10 AM in a residential area on Saturday. For crying out loud, cars are a more imminent danger to the general populace than a bicycle in a residential area. I'll be fighting this ticket, which amusingly, will end up decreasing the amount of revenue that you generate by giving out ticky-tack bullshit tickets to bike riders. Come on Redondo Beach, grow up and stop being such a pathetic city.