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.