Why is “Bike to Work Day” police escorted?

Title says it all.

9 replies
  1. rodney
    rodney says:

    What about those who DON’T commute or bike at 8am? A police escort would be nice on my ride that day.

    I guess the escort is required for the political fanfare and hoopla.

  2. P.M. Summer
    P.M. Summer says:

    THAT’S what’s going on with ChipSeal! He’s getting a police escort when he rides (to jail).

  3. Bruce
    Bruce says:

    The ride is police escorted because it is a large group of bicyclists that they want to keep together. The police will control the intersections and let the entire group through without having to stop. It is like a parade. It is publicity. Even though that is not how most of us commute on daily basis, the event always raises awareness as it is well covered by the media.

      • fred_dot_u
        fred_dot_u says:

        I’ll add my vote to that idea, Eric. If the media broadcast that the next pedestrian could be a decoy/stealth/sting operation, more motorists might take this type of law more seriously.

        Of course, such actions would require that law enforcement in general have a true interest, if the sting/stealth operation is to extend to cycling.

        • Eric
          Eric says:

          There are so many things they could do if they wanted to do it. Spending money on a parade is, to me, at the bottom of the list. Correction: Below the bottom of the list.

          But, after being abused by law enforcement for 40 years, I really don’t think they have cyclists interests in mind. What they have in mind is the path of least resistance — where they can say they are doing something without actually doing something.

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