Spotted in the Wild 2

Something I saw this morning on my way to work (I was on my bicycle):

Heading east into the rising sun on Elm this morning, I came upon a policeman starting his campus bicycle patrol. I was controlling the lane for an extra reason this morning: The shadows at the edge of the road can hide you from motorists squinting into the sun. As I passed the officer, I saw him in my mirror pull into traffic, also heading east — hugging the gutter so tightly that he appeared almost attached to it.


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Comments 4

  1. Ian Cooper wrote:

    I’d be tempted to teach him how hazardous such behavior is and ask him why his bicycle training didn’t include warnings about hugging the curb.

    Posted 25 Apr 2014 at 11:06 am
  2. Andy Cline wrote:

    I asked about IPMBA training once and was assured it included proper traffic instruction.

    Posted 25 Apr 2014 at 11:34 am
  3. Khal Spencer wrote:

    Andy, was this a sworn officer? Even if he was, I doubt all departments train bike patrol officers equally well. Or equally badly….

    Posted 25 Apr 2014 at 12:14 pm
  4. Andy Cline wrote:

    Khal … A Springfield Police Officer. I was told a few years back that all bicycle patrol officers must pass IPMBA training.

    Posted 25 Apr 2014 at 12:49 pm