Earlier this year, a young cop, trying to show his power, hassled an older gentleman in town for riding a motor-assisted bicycle, either on the street or the sidewalk. The guy was disabled and it was his only transportation, but the cop wrote him a ticket. The judge ended up throwing it out because the law was unclear and the cop showed malice (at least that’s what I heard).
Now the city is “clarifying the law” by trying to make the old gent, and a half-dozen other people in town, buy licenses, get insurance and wear helmets in order to use the powered bikes. If all those conditions aren’t currently demanded, believe me, they soon will be. I firmly believe such a move is nothing but spite and class warfare. They don’t want poor people able to use the streets with the only transportation they can afford.
What disgusts me is that I’ve never had any trouble from those folks. The people that I’ve repeatably had trouble with are the rude, rich, spandex-clad morons who ride anywhere on the street they want, changing lanes illegally, weaving between cars and even going up on the sidewalk to run red lights and stop signs. They already have laws against such behavior, but they aren’t being enforced, and they never will be. Power and money - that’s always the bottom line with government. Copyright 2018