Cop Allegedly Knocks Woman Off Bicycle To Give Her A Ticket
Thanks to the arrival of Citi Bike, there’s been an appreciable increase in cops ticketing cyclists. What cops are still figuring out, apparently, is how to get the cyclists stop without knocking them off their bicycles into traffic!
25-year-old Emily Dalton alleges an officer did just that as she was pedaling her bike to work the morning of July 11. Dalton was riding along 8th Avenue in Chelsea when she glided through a light—she’s uncertain whether it was red or green. But according to at least one nearby officer, it was red—and she’d just ridden through it. His method of detaining her? The officer grabbed her handlebar as she passed, jolting Dalton from her bike and sending her sailing into the road.
Dalton, stunned and bloodied—though not seriously harmed—said she spent several minutes shouting at the officer, unable to understand why someone whose job it is to keep her safe was the reason she’d nearly been smashed by a car in the middle of 8th Avenue. “I was terrified,” she said. “I was in the middle of a New York street!”
The officer, she said, was unfazed neither by Dalton’s scraped elbows and knees, nor the fact that the severity of the crash managed to bend her bike tire and cause the chain to fall from the drive train. His only concern, Dalton said, was getting her ID, which at the time she didn’t think she had.
Shaken, Dalton retreated to a nearby bench. Another officer on the scene called an ambulance, despite the fact that Dalton said repeatedly that she didn’t need one.
“I kept saying ‘I just want to go, I’m fine, let me go, let me go,'” she said. “I was just so frustrated, and I was scared, and all I wanted to do was get out of there.”
The officer who made the grab continued to ask Dalton for her ID, which she finally found in her bag after emptying its contents on the ground. She ended up with two tickets—one for running a red light, and another for “failure to comply,” a charge which Dalton said was never explained to her.
The ambulance eventually arrived and iced her wounds—luckily, Dalton said, she was wearing a helmet, so her only injuries were scrapes. After more than an hour, Dalton was allowed to go to work. She never got an apology from the officer.
“He told me to follow the road signs, but he never once said he was sorry in any way, shape or form,” she said. “He never asked if I was OK.”
Daniel Flanzig, Dalton’s lawyer, said the problem isn’t just a rogue bad—or possibly just impolite—police officer. The problem is the fact that there’s no established system for pulling over a cyclist, in spite of the increasing need to do so.
“There’s no post-academy training on how to deal with this new culture,” he said. “There are bad cyclists, there are bad cops, and everyone has to learn how to get along.” He said that despite the existence of a voluminous code of conduct for a vehicular traffic stops, there appears to be no established protocol for stopping a cyclist.
“If she ran a red light and he pulled her out of the car, it would be crazy,” he said. “Why, if she was on a bike, would it be any different?”
Vashon Island, Washington: Bicycle Eaten by Tree
Voracious fir tree has slowly absorbed a bicycle leaned against it. Local sheriff Don Puz says it was his bike, and he abandoned it in 1954 or 1955 — but no one really knows.
Near 20312 Vashon Hwy. SW, Vashon Island, WADirections: The bike tree is off of Vashon Highway (which runs between the Seattle and Tacoma ferry ports on either end of the island) on the northeast corner of the Vashon Highway and SW 204 St. intersection, about 50-60 ft (very rough guesstimate) into the woods on the north side of Sound Food Cafe.RA Rates:Worth a Detour
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Bicycle Eaten by a Tree. Bicycle Eaten by Tree
Look for the wooden bridge at north end of the clearing.
Bicycle eaten by a tree. Vashon Bike Tree
My sister and I went on the hunt for the Vashon Bike Tree and found it yesterday. There are no signs or markings at all but a small path behind the building next to the Sound Cafe. It totally lived up to our expectations! The only thing missing were the handle bars. We were so surprised that the front wheel still turned.
Bicycle in tree. Bicycle Eaten by Tree
We stopped by the bike-eating tree today and it was still in good shape. There’s a park-and-ride across the street where you can park, then walk across the street. The tree is about 80 feet away down the trail.
[P Plash, 08/09/2007]
Bicycle Eaten by a Tree. Bicycle Eaten by Tree
Photo of the Bicycle Eaten by Tree taken on July 15, 2006 with handle-bar/front-wheel assemblage reattached.
Accessibility note: The short trail leading to the bike has a 1-2 foot rough ledge that may be difficult for elderly or handicapped visitors to climb.
[Kev F, 07/23/2006]
Bicycle Eaten by Tree
“Aunt Vy’s” son Jim, a friend of Berkeley Breathed, has recently cleared out around the Bicycle Tree and repaired the bike. In addition, “Aunt Vy” has been given a copy of the “original” history of this fun Vashon legend by the woman who lived it and wrote it; copies are available at the Country Store and Gardens, across the street from the Bicycle Tree.
[Vy Biel, 02/11/2006]