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(The Local)   Spanish cyclist fined €100 for eating croissant   (thelocal.es) divider line 27
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2013-11-15 04:59:40 AM
Laffeaux
 
2013-11-15 05:03:41 AM
Subby sounds like a cycling douche. The rules apply to bicycles too. I know you want all the rights and none of the responsibility but it doesn't work that way. Follow the farking rules and you won't get a ticket.
 
2013-11-15 05:20:41 AM

abhorrent1: Subby sounds like a cycling douche. The rules apply to bicycles too. I know you want all the rights and none of the responsibility but it doesn't work that way. Follow the farking rules and you won't get a ticket.


But if it's not illegal to eat while driving a car, then why would it be illegal to ride a bike while eating? #


# Here it's not illegal to eat while driving.
 
2013-11-15 05:22:46 AM

abhorrent1: Subby sounds like a cycling douche. The rules apply to bicycles too. I know you want all the rights and none of the responsibility but it doesn't work that way. Follow the farking rules and you won't get a ticket.


In the article, it is mentioned that even the cops back at the station thought the fine was a bit high.

But judging from your overwhelming desire to turn this into a car vs. bike thread, I'm thinking you are not the reading type.

/not subby
 
2013-11-15 05:23:33 AM
I thought this was going to be about a professional cyclist eating something during a road race that tested positive for something ridiculously obscure but drug-related. But no, just a normal cyclist with just a normal croissant.

a local policeman waved him down and wrote up a ticket for reckless driving,

So which is it? Was he just eating or was he distracted by it in such a way as to drive recklessly? Details, article! I could see it either way: (A) cop sees something not remotely dangerous but thinks "Money!", or (B) cyclist blindly eating and cutting off cars and/or pedestrians. Sadly, either scenario is perfectly reasonable to believe.
 
2013-11-15 05:44:56 AM

August11: In the article, it is mentioned that even the cops back at the station thought the fine was a bit high.


so?
 
2013-11-15 05:49:06 AM
"a ticket for reckless driving"car or bike it is the same
 
2013-11-15 05:51:19 AM
I wonder what the fine would have been for eating a Mac Grande?
 
2013-11-15 05:54:20 AM
I'm not sure how I feel about the internet age.

I mean, a Spanish bicycling website posts a story about a reader getting a traffic ticket. that story is the beamed through a series of tubes all over the world where people can get outraged and argue over an incident that they know very little about, and doesn't affect their lives in anyway. then when you try to show someone something on the internet that shows some belief they have is wrong, they say "you can't believe what you see on the internet".
 
2013-11-15 06:02:24 AM

log_jammin: I'm not sure how I feel about the internet age.

I mean, a Spanish bicycling website posts a story about a reader getting a traffic ticket. that story is the beamed through a series of tubes all over the world where people can get outraged and argue over an incident that they know very little about, and doesn't affect their lives in anyway. then when you try to show someone something on the internet that shows some belief they have is wrong, they say "you can't believe what you see on the internet".



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2013-11-15 06:14:30 AM
This would definitely be a problem for me, since I'm one of those people who likes to pick it apart into little pieces while I'm eating it, and that's not really appropriate when biking OR driving.  I would probably take it to work and eat it at my desk and get crumbs all over the files.

The only way to win is not to play.
 
2013-11-15 06:20:03 AM
Ivan González was slapped with the fine after a policeman spotted him eating the breakfast pastry while riding through central Sabadell, in Spain's Catalonia region.

Because if the cops stopped him for speeding it would have been too funny.

"¡Andale! ¡Andale! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba! ¡Yii-hah!"
 
2013-11-15 06:27:49 AM
The laws regarding cycling are beyond retarded.  I honestly couldn't imagine it being any more retarded.

Bicycles are vehicles, with all the same rights and obligations of cars....except for the million specific exceptions the law has.

If the guy were smart he would have given the cop a fake name.  Problem solved.  Cyclists aren't required to have a driver's license or carry ID or register their bicycles.  Nor are they required to pass any sort of test to show that they understand the laws of the road.

So, it's the same, except that it isn't.

And this causes all sorts of retarded issues where the law says you can't do X on the road, and it doesn't matter if it is a bicycle or a car, because they are 'the same'.  Except that we all know they aren't.  But the law says they are, except for those specific examples where they aren't.  Which means, if talking on the cell phone while driving is illegal, so is cycling.  If eating in a car is illegal, so is eating on a bicycle.  And, the fines are often the same, except when there are specific laws addressing one or the other.

The cops said that 100 euro seems like a high fine because they know it was 'just a bicycle'.  And it's retarded to think that a bicycle is as dangerous as a car, because they aren't.  Because they aren't even close to the same thing.  But we still have people who will fight tooth-and-nail for bicycles to keep their equal except when it isn't status.
 
2013-11-15 06:49:47 AM

log_jammin: that story is the beamed through a series of tubes all over the world where people can get outraged and argue over an incident that they know very little about, and doesn't affect their lives in anyway.


Isn't that more or less what we do around here?
 
2013-11-15 06:56:49 AM

P. Yorck: log_jammin: that story is the beamed through a series of tubes all over the world where people can get outraged and argue over an incident that they know very little about, and doesn't affect their lives in anyway.

Isn't that more or less what we do around here?


yes. but now we can be outraged about things as minor as a guy in spain getting a traffic ticket, instead of the big stuff, like an ugly ass baby animal being born at a zoo in spain.
 
2013-11-15 06:57:20 AM

Public Savant: abhorrent1: Subby sounds like a cycling douche. The rules apply to bicycles too. I know you want all the rights and none of the responsibility but it doesn't work that way. Follow the farking rules and you won't get a ticket.

But if it's not illegal to eat while driving a car, then why would it be illegal to ride a bike while eating? #


# Here it's not illegal to eat while driving.


If you're operating a vehicle and not paying attention, you're being reckless. That's what he got a ticket for. Seems fair to me.
 
2013-11-15 07:12:33 AM

abhorrent1: Public Savant: abhorrent1: Subby sounds like a cycling douche. The rules apply to bicycles too. I know you want all the rights and none of the responsibility but it doesn't work that way. Follow the farking rules and you won't get a ticket.

But if it's not illegal to eat while driving a car, then why would it be illegal to ride a bike while eating? #


# Here it's not illegal to eat while driving.

If you're operating a vehicle and not paying attention, you're being reckless. That's what he got a ticket for. Seems fair to me.


Unless eating isn't second nature to you (or first), then I can imagine how eating a croissant can become too demanding to ride a bike safely.
However, riding a bike is just much like walking when you get past the age of 6 - it's just something you do. Just like eating.

So unless farting af breathing is something that can kill you (both can be done with very little effort or conscious thought), then I'd have to say that croissant-ingestion on a bike cannot be labelled as reckless alone.
 
2013-11-15 07:24:44 AM
Was ist das with the news today? We go from eating pussy in Torontoto to eating a croissant while riding a bicycle in Spain.

Am confused by priorities.
 
2013-11-15 07:50:19 AM

Public Savant: abhorrent1: Public Savant: abhorrent1: Subby sounds like a cycling douche. The rules apply to bicycles too. I know you want all the rights and none of the responsibility but it doesn't work that way. Follow the farking rules and you won't get a ticket.

But if it's not illegal to eat while driving a car, then why would it be illegal to ride a bike while eating? #


# Here it's not illegal to eat while driving.

If you're operating a vehicle and not paying attention, you're being reckless. That's what he got a ticket for. Seems fair to me.

Unless eating isn't second nature to you (or first), then I can imagine how eating a croissant can become too demanding to ride a bike safely.
However, riding a bike is just much like walking when you get past the age of 6 - it's just something you do. Just like eating.

So unless farting af breathing is something that can kill you (both can be done with very little effort or conscious thought), then I'd have to say that croissant-ingestion on a bike cannot be labelled as reckless alone.


Maybe you don't notice any difference in your cycling while you're eating, but I've lived in towns with lots of bikes and people eating and texting and talking on phones while they bike, and all three make them inattentive and cycle sloppily. It's not just the distraction but only using one hand when they turn makes most people weave a bit.
 
2013-11-15 07:52:29 AM
next thing you know they are going to say cyclist have to stop at red lights and stop signs.  what is the world coming to
 
2013-11-15 08:52:58 AM
I'm just surprised "croissant" isn't a euphemism.
 
2013-11-15 09:21:51 AM
Well it's not like he's going to eat paella while cycling.  I guess breakfast tacos would have been acceptable.
 
2013-11-15 09:53:23 AM
I eat frequently on the bike. Anything from a Gu to a sandwich. I can do this without wavering at all, without taking my eyes off the road, and keeping a hand on the bars with access to a brake. This law is surprising, being in Europe.
 
2013-11-15 11:50:01 AM

diaphoresis: I wonder what the fine would have been for eating a Mac Grande?


He'd never get over Mac Grande.
 
2013-11-15 11:51:40 AM

ambercat: Maybe you don't notice any difference in your cycling while you're eating, but I've lived in towns with lots of bikes and people eating and texting and talking on phones while they bike, and all three make them inattentive and cycle sloppily.


Those people have mad skillz. Any video of one of them eating, texting, and talking?
 
2013-11-15 03:31:13 PM
I suppose the next thing they're gonna ban is pissing while you're riding your bike too? Talk about government overreach. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvdkfW6b5ks
 
2013-11-16 04:16:33 AM

SpaceBison: I suppose the next thing they're gonna ban is pissing while you're riding your bike too? Talk about government overreach. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvdkfW6b5ks


I call BS! Most roadies wear bibs.

Also, if the guy in TFA got a ticket just for eating, I better watch out.
 
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