Monday, March 12, 2012


Scene: Bike Lane on Sixth Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets, Monday, March 12th, 10:15 A.M.

Bicycle Cop (gliding up alongside citizen on bicycle): Ma’am, what color was that light back there?

Bicyclist: Um, red?

BC (exasperatedly): What are we going to do? You know, there’s a fine for that.

B (sheepish, lowering head onto handlebars): If I promise never to do it again?

BC: I don’t understand. You stopped, and then you went through it anyway.

B (brightly): I let all the pedestrians pass, and there were no cars turning, so . . .

BC (sternly): The fine is $240. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have that kind of money to give to the City of New York.

Bicyclist maintains silence.

Cop pedals away.

Moral: Take Madison Avenue.

1 comment:

Andrew said...

About 15 years ago, I was fined for riding my bike over a tiny corner of sidewalk at 24th and Broadway. My cop was pretty committed to giving me a ticket. It was "only" $50, but it might as well have been $240. Moral: always look around for cops before riding on the sidewalk to cut a corner.