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2011-09-01 07:30:59 PM
Sounds like typical cop exaggeration to me. They don't lie, you know, but they sure STRETCH the truth to suit themselves.
 
2011-09-01 07:31:02 PM

badhatharry: No laws were broken. The law enforcement officer needs to mind his/her own business.


And lose his guaranteed pension.
 
2011-09-01 07:32:07 PM

dofus: I've been to Elizabethton, TN. A lot. My aunt and my mother used to live there.

It's a small town with a small town mentality. They roll the friggin' sidewalks up at 8 PM for Cristsakes.

Dudley Doright there needs to get a grip.


And lose his guaranteed pension.
 
2011-09-01 07:32:13 PM

joe not appearing in this picture: What the hell?
I rode my bike to school in the 5th and 6th grades or I walked the 3/4 mile to school.
What a bunch of wuss parents we have now!
This is the only time I wish we would go into full depression to see these stupid freaks melt down!
I was born in the 60's but I understand how horrible the depression was.


Came here to say something like this.

/ also born in the 60's
// got to school by biking, I hated to ride the bus....
 
2011-09-01 07:33:43 PM

Contents Under Pressure: In CA, kids that age are allowed to ride their bikes on the sidewalk. I don't know what the terrain is in her area, but she really should not be riding her bike in traffic.

Intially, I was going to accuse the PD of Derp, but after RTFA, I agree with them. The kid's a road hazard.


Then he should have warned her about what she did wrong. Or even given her a ticket. A cop that thinks he can tell people that they cannot do something that is legal is worth a firing.
 
2011-09-01 07:34:01 PM
Do people in Tennessee actually talk like that reporter? Good god that guy was slow as hell.
 
Ehh
2011-09-01 07:40:10 PM
I biked four miles to and from my Jr. High and loved it until my bike was stolen. I lobbied really hard for a replacement, but my mother insisted on driving me after that.

/Nishiki steel frame *sob*
 
2011-09-01 07:41:05 PM
devilskware
fark you too OnlyM3!!


wtf is your problem? You support police telling children to break the law?
 
2011-09-01 07:41:40 PM
What is the bikeforum person that posted this?
 
2011-09-01 07:43:22 PM

Contents Under Pressure: In CA, kids that age are allowed to ride their bikes on the sidewalk. I don't know what the terrain is in her area, but she really should not be riding her bike in traffic.

Intially, I was going to accuse the PD of Derp, but after RTFA, I agree with them. The kid's a road hazard.


Here is the Google Streetview of the area in question:

http://g.co/maps/bv66
 
2011-09-01 07:43:38 PM
It sounds like this girl shouldn't be riding her bike to school, not because she is to young or it is too far, but because she doesn't know how to ride her bike in traffic. Some 10 year olds can ride to school because they understand how to safely ride in traffic. Some 16 year olds shouldn't because they don't understand how to ride in traffic.
 
2011-09-01 07:44:28 PM
www.sondrakistan.com
 
2011-09-01 07:45:32 PM
devilskware:

I'll stay on the sidewalks or ride through the grass, thank you.


ohh I get it you're one of those hipster bikers that the law doesn't apply to.

Hope some careless driver makes you a fark headline soon.
 
2011-09-01 07:46:25 PM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: This is why I invested in my Windowless Safety Van


I'd hug you in a non sexual way for that!
 
2011-09-01 07:47:45 PM

Sarcastica75:
www.sondrakistan.com

Ah, yes. Unquestionable piety The chilrens! Nazis kissed babies, too. People who actually like kids don't use them fro crutches or accessories. Helen Lovejoy. A cautionary tale for the times.

 
2011-09-01 07:49:08 PM

Sarcastica75:


What does Maude Flanders have to do with this!?
 
2011-09-01 07:51:08 PM
Ah, further vindication for my decision to never have children.

Even if I wanted them, they would be living a boring life of hell because it's now illegal for me to let them play outside or do simple things like ride a bike to school.

What a wonderful country we have here.
 
2011-09-01 07:51:12 PM

mooseyfate: Sarcastica75:

What does Maude Flanders have to do with this!?


won't someone please think of the children?
 
2011-09-01 07:53:49 PM

mooseyfate: What does Maude Flanders have to do with this!?


Very good question, perhaps you can explain since I don't see her image in this thread.
 
2011-09-01 07:55:20 PM

Pootie-Poot: Here is the Google Streetview of the area in question:

http://g.co/maps/bv66


Only so much you can tell from a StreetView, but that looks like a pretty low density area once you zoom out a little.
 
2011-09-01 07:57:36 PM

ongbok: It sounds like this girl shouldn't be riding her bike to school, not because she is to young or it is too far, but because she doesn't know how to ride her bike in traffic.


Please direct us to the passages in the article that support this.
 
2011-09-01 07:59:23 PM
This is just stupid. That cop is a moron. I walked and rode my bike everywhere growing up. It's part of being a kid.
 
2011-09-01 08:01:06 PM
So she rides her bike wherever the hell she wants without any concern for vehicle traffic and expects everybody else to move, stop or get out of way? Yep... mom is right... that is an "avid bicyclist".
 
2011-09-01 08:01:41 PM
freddieforaday.odessastrings.com

/is not amused
 
2011-09-01 08:04:01 PM
I've got a bike,
you can ride it if you like
it's got a basket and a bell and many things to make it look nice.
I'd give it to you if I could, but I borrowed it.
 
2011-09-01 08:09:57 PM

netizencain: Ya... this is a non-story. The kid either didn't follow road rules or the road is just not safe for a bicycle.

Of course, many will just get all pissy and say that da gub'ments trying to take dem babies away from der mama.


I can't believe nobody took that bait. You cast that out there like a pro too. There just might be hope for humanity after all.
 
2011-09-01 08:10:00 PM

YouPeopleAreCrazy: ongbok: It sounds like this girl shouldn't be riding her bike to school, not because she is to young or it is too far, but because she doesn't know how to ride her bike in traffic.

Please direct us to the passages in the article that support this.


FTA
Last Wednesday, an Elizabethton Police officer put his car in park and waited on the school bus parked in front of him.

BAILEY: "The child goes into oncoming traffic, and goes around the school bus, and around his vehicle."

Chief Matt Bailey says the officer watched a car stop to avoid running her over. The next day, the officer saw that girl again.


I think that that is enough to show she isn't using sound judgement when riding in traffic.
 
2011-09-01 08:14:31 PM
The road has no farking shoulders. That is a violation of the MUTCD. Somebody should lodge a written complaint about the road.
 
2011-09-01 08:15:57 PM

ongbok: YouPeopleAreCrazy: ongbok: It sounds like this girl shouldn't be riding her bike to school, not because she is to young or it is too far, but because she doesn't know how to ride her bike in traffic.

Please direct us to the passages in the article that support this.

FTA
Last Wednesday, an Elizabethton Police officer put his car in park and waited on the school bus parked in front of him.

BAILEY: "The child goes into oncoming traffic, and goes around the school bus, and around his vehicle."

Chief Matt Bailey says the officer watched a car stop to avoid running her over. The next day, the officer saw that girl again.

I think that that is enough to show she isn't using sound judgement when riding in traffic.


Yeah, she sounds like a real maniac on two wheels.
 
2011-09-01 08:16:38 PM

ongbok: YouPeopleAreCrazy: ongbok: It sounds like this girl shouldn't be riding her bike to school, not because she is to young or it is too far, but because she doesn't know how to ride her bike in traffic.

Please direct us to the passages in the article that support this.

FTA
Last Wednesday, an Elizabethton Police officer put his car in park and waited on the school bus parked in front of him.

BAILEY: "The child goes into oncoming traffic, and goes around the school bus, and around his vehicle."

Chief Matt Bailey says the officer watched a car stop to avoid running her over. The next day, the officer saw that girl again.

I think that that is enough to show she isn't using sound judgement when riding in traffic.



Based on what? On the word on some fat degenerate with a badge that has nothing better to do than camp on a little girl going to school?
I don't think so.
 
2011-09-01 08:19:43 PM

ongbok: YouPeopleAreCrazy: ongbok: It sounds like this girl shouldn't be riding her bike to school, not because she is to young or it is too far, but because she doesn't know how to ride her bike in traffic.

Please direct us to the passages in the article that support this.

FTA
Last Wednesday, an Elizabethton Police officer put his car in park and waited on the school bus parked in front of him.

BAILEY: "The child goes into oncoming traffic, and goes around the school bus, and around his vehicle."

Chief Matt Bailey says the officer watched a car stop to avoid running her over. The next day, the officer saw that girl again.

I think that that is enough to show she isn't using sound judgement when riding in traffic.


If she was actually riding against traffic on the left, I would agree and she needs instruction to not do that. But without seeing the actual riding style of this kid, all we have to go on is the cops description. His words 'oncoming traffic' may mean cross street traffic, left turning traffic, any number of things. Especially to a cop who may think a 10 year old girl should not be out riding alone.

/Cop fark thread - ALL COPS ARE LIARS AND PSYCHOPATHS
//Cop + cyclist fark thread - He is completely in the right and must be followed no matter what he says
 
2011-09-01 08:24:45 PM
Goddamn. Idiocracy is on an accelerated pace.
 
2011-09-01 08:27:39 PM
I just fixed everything.

i300.photobucket.com
 
2011-09-01 08:28:46 PM
Uchiha_Cycliste
 
2011-09-01 08:29:21 PM
in third grade i started riding my bike to school--i just looked and it was 1.1 mile. on bad weather days i didnt ride, but when i got to high school used to ride it almost every day--rain or shine, and also in the snow (chicago suburb) and that was 2.1 miles.

yes, maybe mom should tail her kid to make sure she is riding properly, but beyond that---get a life, people.
 
2011-09-01 08:30:25 PM
Instead of putting her in the squad car and driving her home making her late
for school he should have given her a lecture on traffic safety while riding a bike.
Would have taken less time and He would have done more good that way.
Since she will obviously be riding her bike to school again in the future.
But naw that would have been the smart thing to do.
 
2011-09-01 08:36:15 PM
Basil Marceaux, if elected Governor of Tennessee, would create a Tennessee tag.
 
2011-09-01 08:39:09 PM
Two miles, uphill both ways, in one of the blizzardiest cities in the USA, and could not afford a bike. Sometimes got there and found doors chained due to weather and school closings that were announced after I left.

/Okay, 1.98 miles
//not kidding.
///No, really, I am that person.
 
2011-09-01 08:43:12 PM
I was prepared to be outraged, but then I read the article. It doesn't sound like the issue is so much that the kid is riding her bike to school or the distances involved, but the fact that, according to the officer, she was doing so in a manner than genuinely endangered herself and others. Should kids be allowed to ride their bikes to school? Absolutely. Should they be allowed to weave in and out of traffic, possibly causing an accident? Probably not. Of course, at the end of the day, it's basically he-said/she-said. I tend to trust the officer's opinion on that more than the mother's, but then again I'm not your typical rebel farker who believes that all police officers are evil and/or incompetent.
 
2011-09-01 08:47:09 PM

YouPeopleAreCrazy: too little sidewalk? Contrary to popular belief, the sidewalk is worse for safety.


Only if you're an idiot who flies through intersections, alleys, driveways, etc without at least slowing down and looking. In which case, you'll probably die no matter where you ride.

Two riders have been farking decapitated by vehicles while riding in the street a block from my home.
I ride on the farking sidewalk. And the cops here don't give a shiat, because they know how dangerous the roads are.
 
2011-09-01 08:52:53 PM

Mr Rusty Shackleford: mooseyfate: What does Maude Flanders have to do with this!?

Very good question, perhaps you can explain since I don't see her image in this thread.


You've been had, sir.

/Should I be twisting my moustache?
//I think I should...
 
2011-09-01 08:55:41 PM
Don't worry! I'm from the government and I'm here to help!
 
2011-09-01 08:56:45 PM

YouPeopleAreCrazy: devilskware: Come to Houston sometime, I'll take you on my hellride.

Having ridden New York, Wash DC, London, Madrid and many other places large and small...OK, I'll take you up on that.

knowing that people are not looking for me

I prefer to be where they have no choice but to see me.
I've never ridden in Houston, but I've also never ridden in any place where I needed to get from A to B and concluded the sidewalk was the safer path.


Disorganized urban sprawl planned around cars. Not saying I'm a badass, just that in my part of town it's a nightmare. I wouldn't let a kid ride my route. Biker unfriendly to the utmost.
 
2011-09-01 08:58:33 PM
 
2011-09-01 08:59:47 PM

Pootie-Poot: devilskware: YouPeopleAreCrazy: devilskware: I tend to disagree when I'm riding on the feeder road of a 12 lane freeway during rush hour in a major metropolitan area. I'll stay on the sidewalks or ride through the grass, thank you.

The reason sidewalks are almost always worse, is because each parking lot and driveway becomes another intersection. And you, the cyclist, are not where motorists expect anything faster than a walk to be moving.
Also, you tend to get lost in the street furniture. Mailboxes, light poles, etc...all block you off from the visibility of someone pulling out or turning in.
And if you are riding on the sidewalk against traffic...that is doubly worse. Motorists do not look to the right when pulling out. They may glance to the right once, but concentrate to the left to see when they can pull out. So you, on the sidewalk, are coming from a totally unexpected direction, and may never be seen.

Is that particular road necessary? The best route for a driver is often not the best route for a cyclist.
Look around. There may be an alternate route better for a bike. Riding to a new place, often I'll print out a map, and draw a straight line from here to there. See what other roads are usable.A sidestreet 1 block over may be available, but if you usually drive, you may never notice it.

Houston hates the thought of someone not driving a car to wherever they're going. There is no other convenient route to my job and back. I pay extra special attention to any driveway or side street I cross, knowing that people are not looking for me. I'm a very defensive cyclist, I have to be. I ride a mountain bike due to the completely random terrain I have to navigate, but it beats riding along the feeder with hundreds of angry cars whizzing past me. I'd be dead or a nervous wreck if I did that everyday. Come to Houston sometime, I'll take you on my hellride.

Interestingly, IIRC, Houston does not allow Right-turn-on-Red inside the city limits, Am I correct?


You are incorrect. A piece of shiat red light camera sent me a ticket for not coming to a stop before a right on red though. I didn't pay it.
 
2011-09-01 09:00:00 PM

OnlyM3: The officer told Teresa Tryon her daughter should not ride to and from school unsupervised -- that the roads have too much traffic and too little sidewalk to be safe.
The officer is telling her to ride on the sidewalk?


aka breaking the law.
http://www.commutebybike.com/2008/07/09/top-5-rules-for-riding-on-th e- sidewalk/


Yeah, riding your bike on the sidewalk is a major safety no-no.

/we wonder why there's an obesity epidemic.
//"Children doing things for themselves? Oh noes!!! It's UNSAFE!"
 
2011-09-01 09:00:17 PM

Bunnyhat: Guess that depends on the area that 1 mile goes through and traffic.

I wouldn't ride 1 mile down some of the roads I take to work even as an adult on bike, much less a kid.


True, I gave up biking when I moved here--there simply isn't anywhere I want to go that I feel safe going.

I don't feel like that was the situation here, though. It sounds more like the kid doesn't know how to handle traffic safely.
 
2011-09-01 09:01:32 PM
We had this autustic kid loose in the neighbourhood who used to ride his bike around all day, including down peoples driveways and around their yards.

I used to yell "fark off back to /jp/" out the window but I don't think he heard.
 
2011-09-01 09:03:06 PM

OnlyM3: devilskware
fark you too OnlyM3!!


wtf is your problem? You support police telling children to break the law?


I was joking because you quoted the same piece from the article just a couple posts before me. I'm glad you want me to get hit by a car though. Do you actually read the threads you post in?
 
2011-09-01 09:03:24 PM
When I was in 4th grade my parents let me ride he 5 miles to school... on Country roads.
 
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