A cool lovely Portland evening's bike ride was again interfered with by some fun-hating Portland Police. Officers
Balzer and Smith offered up no less than 3 traffic citations to the bike community at the Pedalpalooza Kickoff parade Thursday night.
"Three pedestrians were jaywalking at the time I was ticketed" said the very jaunty Jane. "Of course it was safe to pass though the intersection. They were just singling me out because I was on a tall bike and had an exciting DIY cheerleader costume on. They threatened to cite me for operating an unsafe vehicle. They want to crush all the beauty in this world... I pity them."
Here is an account from the zoobomb website:
Us - We have a permit for this event.
Them - You're outside the 'permit area'.
Us - This is a permitted event. Do you know where the parade route is?
Them - Um, no, but you're outside the 'permit area'.
Us - Can you tell us where the 'permit area' is?
Them - Um, no. Oh, and by the way, here's your ticket, have a nice day.
"Still the parade was great" said Jane. "There were lots of people, about 2 blocks worth. Family's, singing ladies, road-kill sculptures, faux-surfers, and a mess of silly hats."
When asked about how this would affect the image of police officers in the future riders simply shrugged and continued pressing on. "As long as people keep on ignoring the injustice around us, none are free," said jane.