CHP writes ticket for bicycling "pedestrian" on San Tomas Expressway

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    Bicyclists are permitted to ride on the shoulder of the San Tomas Expressway in Santa Clara, California. Pedestrians, however, are not permitted on this expressway.

    Akos was riding his bike on the expressway when he stopped to take this photo of a stopped car on the shoulder. This California Highway Patrol officer pulled over to give Akos a ticket. The violation: breaking the "No Pedestrians" rule!

    Photo copied and modified with permission from Akos S.

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    1. ♔ Georgie R ages ago | reply

      In the tv programme CHIPs they always rode in pairs, did his colleague stop and issue another ticket because Akos took this photo?

      The working of the official mind can be very strange!

    2. Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious ages ago | reply

      Hi Georgie. In CHiPS, John rode with Ponch because Ponch was on probation of some kind. That's my recollection, but I haven't seen the show since the early 80s so I could be wrong.

    3. ♔ Georgie R ages ago | reply

      French gendarmes on motorcycles are always seen in pairs, their nickname is 'les hirondelles' - the swallows.

    4. Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious ages ago | reply

      Here you go Georgie -- a pair of California High Patrol bikes:

    5. 200miler ages ago | reply

      So what the cop is doing is illegal too? Standing there writing a ticket? :)

    6. Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious ages ago | reply

      I think standing on the side of the road is required as part of their job of writing tickets.

    7. ♔ Georgie R ages ago | reply

      Reflecting on this action, I wonder if you're allowed to walk with your bike if you've had a puncture. What if you hit a pot-hole and fall off? Presumably you wouldn't get a ticket for lying bleeding at the side of the road!

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