At least 45 pigs gathered in the Fireside parking lot at the Nort Park Blocks, and many others ran car engines on nearby streets as well over a hundred bicyclists gathered at the North Park Blocks for a bicycle ride tonight. Officer Dobson approached me when I arrived and asked, "Did you get one of these?" I asked what it was. "Just the rules that we play by, that's all." I told him to save the paper.
A man on the sidewalk asked what this was all about. "It's about people getting together and showing people in cars how much fun bicycling is," a woman next to me replied. "Who the hell is watching the street?" he asked. "I'm 65 years old. I've been in two world wars, and I know what this is. Nothin' but a Gestapo, that's what it is."
The rules, apparently, didn't follow the rules in the books. They said, for example, that a bicyclist can't pass bicycle traffic in the lane immediately to the left of the bicycle lane. Stuck to the bicycle lane, we moved slower than rush hour downtown traffic. With a strong presence of pigs on bicycles, cars, and SUV's, the ride moved single file at a snail's pace through downtown and was split up before the tail end even passed Burger King. I wasn't able to really ride until a group of us ditched the pigs after they gave a ticket.
At O'Bryant Square at Washington street, Pig Hoesly and Pig Niiya decided to work on their quota. When the bicycle lane ended and about 10 of us at the tail of the mass took the right lane, these pigs merged their motorcycles into our lane, and illegally passed the bicyclists in front of me on the right. They singled one man out and gave him a ticket for $77- for, I believe, failing to use a bicycle lane. His court date is June 26th at 1 p.m. if you want to show support, although he might change the date.
After that, we only found a few others who had split off from the mass.