Overheard on Himmarshee: Bike Cops Don't Know Rules of the Road
|Bike polo is not recommended for Himmarshee.|
At approximately 12:30 Friday afternoon, four members of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department's illustrious, crime-fighting bike squad rolled into Rok:Brgr on Himmarshee.
They were wearing bike shorts, which appeared to be of Spandex origin.
Two Pulp reporters, who were also lunching at Rok:Brgr (we had a really awesome coupon), happened to overhear a conversation between the leader of the pack and the rest of the departing bike posse as the group left the gastropub -- presumably to return to duty.
The brief, serendipitous exchange -- one of those complaints that you would make half hoping that someobody else overhears -- suggests that this particular group of bike cops might not be following the rules of the road -- and riding in a way that would get a civilian cyclist a nasty ticket.
An officer whom we will call Bike Cop No. 1 was standing on the sidewalk with his bicycle -- right in front of Fat Cats.
Several other officers had already hit the road -- and were apparently riding in the street lanes, against the flow of traffic.
"This is what we need -- a bunch of bike cops riding down the wrong side of the road," he said.
The rest of the group, which had gone down the block, toward Avenue of the Arts, then circled back, riding on the sidewalk.
Then they met up with the seeming leader of the group, Bike Cop No. 1.
When they were on the sidewalk, they were riding with traffic.
It is unclear whether the riders were reprimanded for the seeming traffic infraction.
Check back with the Pulp for updates.
Rebecca Dittmar contributed reporting.
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